The Myth of Data Rights
Defense Systems Management College Fort Belvoir United States
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Before we answer these questions, a review of history is in order. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. Government was leading in research and development R and D spending. The government spent between 60 percent and 70 percent of the national R and D expenditures. Most of these expenditures focused on landing a man on the moon. President Kennedy stated that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth. In those days, the U.S. Government held all of the IP cards. The government owned a majority of the IP on space exploration and was able to use it as was required. After the nation landed a man on the moon, the national R and D spending gradually was reduced.
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