May 26, 2010

If I deposit data with NAHDAP, who owns the data?

ICPSR only asks for the right to redistribute the data, but does not acquire or retain the original copyright or transfer rights. ICPSR users must sign a terms-of-use agreement in order to download data that includes a clause that prevents the redistribution of the data for commercial purposes. The original owner of the data, which is usually the university or not-for-profit that received the grant or contract, retains copyright and other legal rights associated with the data.