We have been scraping information regarding oil wells drilled in a particular state using web scraper from the state regulatory agency. This agency provides an arcane interface for this information. Theoretically i can obtain information for any well drilled prior to last 3 years from this.
Does this classify as open data (so that we can distribute it to others using CC/ MIT license). Or is this a grey area. This question can also be extended to other Govt. regulatory agencies such as FDA that contain valuable information in their repositories. I am sure interested parties use different automated scripts to extract useful information in this case simply because there is no API/ direct download option available , but no restriction on use of data.