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Licensing of data from a published paper

  1. Aug 4, 2015 #1
    A colleague and I were recently approached by a publisher of educational materials regarding licensing the data from our paper, "Studying the Internal Ballistics of a Combustion Driven Potato Cannon using High-speed Video". See: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1305/1305.0966.pdf

    This is somewhat new territory for us. Has any of the PF readers or contributors been through this process before? We are generally willing for the data to be used for positive educational reasons, but we would like to both protect our interests and ensure that our data is used correctly (that the physics is right). Any suggestions?
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  3. Aug 4, 2015 #2


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    You should consult with the USAFA Office of Research. Some press releases suggest that the Academy encourages such technology transfer as federal policy. IANAL, but you should also consider consulting an independent IP attorney to represent your personal interests. While it may seem unlikely, this publisher might be sued if someone is injured using some "How-to Potato Cannon" document and you could find yourself involved. Such a worst case situation would be unpleasant, even if the Academy provides you with legal assistance. You should also protect your coauthors interests, since they seem to be unaffiliated with the Academy.

    One other thing, @berned_you is Greg Bernhardt's sister and a practicing attorney. Perhaps she could give you better advice.
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