Data Ownership and Access to Data - Position Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of 16 August 2016 on the Current European Debate

12 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2016

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Josef Drexl

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Reto Hilty

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; University of Zurich; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Luc Desaunettes

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; University of Strasbourg - CEIPI

Franziska Greiner

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Students

Daria Kim

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Heiko Richter

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Gintare Surblyte

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Klaus Wiedemann

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Date Written: August 16, 2016

Abstract

This position statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition has been released against the background of the European Free Flow of Data Initiative of the European Commission and the on-going political, economic and academic debate on the related issues. The Institute takes a stance as regards the introduction of exclusive rights in data, special legal protection of algorithms used in data analysis, as well as the questions on the applicability of the current EU legal framework for the sui-generis database rights and trade secrets to individual data and data-sets. The Institute sees no economic justification for the introduction of new exclusive rights in data, which could even hamper the functioning of the data-driven economy. In contrast, the statement emphasizes the importance of access to data in order to ensure the proper functioning of data-driven markets. It identifies the need for further research in this regard and recommends the general approach and principles to be considered if the special regulation of access to data is necessary.

Keywords: data-driven economy, data ownership, data base protection sui generis, access to data, access regulation, big data, protection of algorithms, trade secrets protection

Suggested Citation

Drexl, Josef and Hilty, Reto and Desaunettes, Luc and Greiner, Franziska and Kim, Daria and Richter, Heiko and Surblyte, Gintare and Wiedemann, Klaus, Data Ownership and Access to Data - Position Statement of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition of 16 August 2016 on the Current European Debate (August 16, 2016). Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper No. 16-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2833165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2833165

Josef Drexl

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

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Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Munich, 80539
Germany

Reto Hilty (Contact Author)

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.ip.mpg.de

University of Zurich

Rämistrasse 74/7
Zürich, CH-8001
Switzerland

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Munich, 80539
Germany

Luc Desaunettes

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

University of Strasbourg - CEIPI ( email )

11 fue de Marechal Juin
BP68
Strasbourg
France

Franziska Greiner

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Students ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
München, Bayern 80539
Germany

Daria Kim

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

Heiko Richter

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

Gintare Surblyte

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

Klaus Wiedemann

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
München, Bayern 80539
Germany

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