Court ‘shares’ researchers’ e-mails, intellectual property

Litigation associated with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has taken research, proprietary information from outside researchers

By Janet Raloff, 11:20 AM June 7, 2012

“A situation has arisen involving scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) that should concern all those who value the principles of academic freedom and responsibility.” So begins a warning issued this week by WHOI Director Susan K. Avery and the organization’s research director, Laurence P. Madin. They were responding to a court order requiring that two WHOI scientists turn over 3,500 e-mails and other documents to BP. Included in the information was intellectual prope...

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