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    Re: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (in Marina de
    by Anonymous on Monday December 24 2001, @07:16PM (#4367)
    >Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 17:46:29 -0500 (EST)
    >From: "Mike O'Dell"
    >To: dave@farber.net
    >Subject: CRADA
    >
    >
    >i've been concerned for a while now over the use of the CRADA
    >by government agencies to selectively enrich private companies.
    >the Network Solutions DNS goldmine was created by a CRADA, as
    >was the Maptech monopoly on all NOAA navigation data.
    >
    >i did a google search on CRADA and found many, many others,
    >many probably reasonable, some possibly otherwise.
    >
    >as a scheme for encouraging the development of a particularly
    >risky new business sector, the CRADA probably a reasonable
    >tool. however, at least in the case above, there is no
    >possible argument that the government needs to "encourage"
    >the development and use of digital cartographic data which
    >has already been paid for by the taxpayers.
    >
    >Maptech is making a fortune from republishing NOAA data
    >after transforming it into a proprietary format they claim to
    >control. Maptech has exclusive access to this data, according
    >to NOAA. why anything beyond a decent web site is required to
    >make the data available, however, is hard to understand. in
    >particular, NOAA recently awarded Maptech *another* monopoly
    >on the vector database data used to create the raster charts
    >(produced by scanning the mylars which produce the paper maps).
    >So either vector or raster, you gotta go to Maptech to get
    >the data you've paid for.
    >
    >How is this different from the Westlaw situation where
    >they enjoyed a monopoly on publishing federal court
    >records? I suspect it isn't, other than it hasn't
    >gone to court yet.
    >
    >The real question worth muck-raking over is how many other
    >CRADA deals have been crafted in the back rooms of government
    >agencies, and how many of those are quietly creating new
    >monopolies by diverting taxpayer-funded intellectual property
    >to private gain?
    >
    > -mo
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