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Message 00275: [open-gov] Re: footnote to Wonderlich quoting Jacobs

> PTO uses revenue to fund the development of data in the first place

Really? Isn't creating a list of patents a necessary part of PTO's
job? And wouldn't they be required to share that list with the public
under FOIA?

I have yet to see an example of charged-for government data which the
government developed for external reasons. Instead, government seems
to develop things for internal reasons and then try to pay for this
with revenue.

I think your notion that opening up data costs money and there's a
finite amount of money is simply mistaken. But even if it was, the
government could use auction-style funding mechanisms to raise the
money once and then share it with all; this would be much more
economically efficient.

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