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    Is there an alternative to 52.227-14 Rights in Data General where the government would actualy own the Data Rights not the contractor? I have serched and only find alternate V where the government has rights but doesn't own the data it paid to have created. Thank you


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    The following response is based solely on the question and background information provided. As we do not have all of the facts particular to your contract, program, and situation, we highly recommend you consult your Contracting Officer and Legal Office for guidance.
     
    If the contract includes FAR 52.227-14 and the contractor has specifically and clearly stated in writing that the Government has unlimited rights to the data, the Government may do the following pursuant to the clause:  Unlimited rights means the Government has the right "to use, disclose, reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies to the public, and perform publicly and display publicly, in any manner and for any purpose, and to have or permit others to do so." If the contractor has NOT specifically and clearly stated in writing that the Government has unlimited rights to data even if 52.227-14 is included in the contract, the contracting officer MUST obtain, in writing, unlimited rights to the data from the contractor. 
     

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