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Re: Biological data being used by an unpublished research paper is considered proprietary

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 12:59:11PM +0100, Peter Rice wrote:
> On 16/09/2013 11:31, Faheem Mitha wrote:
> >This is really not Debian-related, except insofar as the software in
> >question is something that might have been in Debian one day. I talked
> >about that with people on debian-med recently. So, it is technically
> >off-topic.

> I posted a reply on stackexchange with instructions to get the data
> from the EBI SRS server.

> However, I have run into this issue before in the context of
> biological database entries and Debian so it may be worth discussing
> here. There were objections to including SwissProt entries in the
> example data for the EMBOSS package because the licensing of
> SwissProt does not allow them to be edited. That was resolved by
> agreeing that scientific facts should not be edited so that the
> files could be accepted as part of a Debian package even though they
> could not be changed. A fine compromise I feel.

Hopefully, this is a misstatement of the actual rationale for including this
data in Debian, because it is *not* acceptable to have packages in main
containing data that we are not allowed to modify.

The real rationale is surely that, because facts are *not governed by
copyright*, any licensing claim over this data is ignorable.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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