I wrote in August a blog (see Your Biggest Data Asset is Free) concerning a pending course case between LinkedIn and HiQ. They story concerns an agreement whereby LinkedIn has permitted HiQ to use its public-facing data (open data, if you will, without the capitals) by combining it with its own data in order to make a business. Some time later LinkedIn terminated the agreement once it it developed some kind of competing alternative to HiQ. The point is not about the change in strategy, but the fact that a company can legally prevent anyone from using what is generally seen as public or free data.
News in October 10th US print edition of the Financial Times. In “Tech’s fight for the upper hand on open data” updates us on the court case. The case is moving forward but the challenge remains the same. First hand, your largest data source or database that you never even thought to use is free. Or so we thought. Or so we think. The case may change all this and alter the way data is seen and/or described as free, public or open.
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