a data licensing problem

John Cowan jcowan at reutershealth.com
Sat Nov 9 02:59:07 UTC 2002

Russell Nelson scripsit:

> They'd *really* like to get the best of both worlds: cooperate with
> people who share and stick it to the people who don't (or, um, can't.)

As an employee of Reuters, which has been selling price-discriminated
information for over 150 years, there is no way for your company
to do what it wants except to protect its information with the full
force of copyright, and to be really effective, they need exclusive
(or effectively exclusive) control of the source as well, either by
owning it or by being first-to-market all the time.

Otherwise, the people who get to use the information free can undersell
you not with the information itself but with the products of its use.

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