Can data be copyrighted?

Felipe Sateler fsateler at
Sun Oct 30 16:05:08 UTC 2011

On Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 12:49, Felipe Sateler <fsateler at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm working on updating csound's copyright file, and I have a case I
> did not handle before. Csound ships four datafiles which are the
> result of a Discrete Fourier Transform of data (impulse responses)
> measured in an anechoic chamber at MIT. The original data source
> claims to hold copyright on the data, and attaches the following
> license:
> This data is Copyright 1994 by the MIT Media Laboratory. It is
> provided free with no restrictions on use, provided the authors are
> cited when the data is used in any research or commercial application.
> Is this a valid copyright claim, or can we ignore it? If it is a valid
> copyright claim, can we redistribute these datasets?

On a related note, who is the owner of the copyright? Remember that
this is a DFT of a dataset. Is it the original data creators? Or the
person that did the DFT?


Felipe Sateler

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