I want to know when commercial use of US government data is permitted and for what uses. Below, there are 5 questions that I have for 4 different primary data sources.
So far, I have seen the data policy page at data.gov, http://www.data.gov/data-policy that governs downloads (I am assuming?) only from that domain.
However, a lot of the primary source US government public data are not available or are partially available on data.gov (such as aggregates), but are publicly available including:
-(A) securities and exchange commission filings (SEC, such as the 10-Ks available on EDGAR)
-(B) federal elections commission (FEC, such as form 3)
-(C) internal revenue service (IRS, such as the form 990)
-(D) department of justice/legal (PACER, decisions/opinions and docket information)
I noticed that the FEC form 3x, schedule A has the following information http://www.fec.gov/pdf/forms/fecfrm3x.pdf
Any information copied from such Reports and Statements may not be sold or used by any person for the purpose of soliciting contributions or for commercial purposes, other than using the name and address of any political committee to solicit contributions from such committee.
Question 1: How do I find the data license for these forms and what is their scope (eg does each form have a unique data policy, or is there a SEC or FEC or IRS or DOJ level policy?)
Question 2: Is there a classification system for data use licenses for the US federal government? (Is it possible to view a list of the possible data licenses?)
Question 3: Suppose you or a third party aggregate data from something like FEC form 3x schedule A in a manner similar to something provided on data.gov (eg instead of total contribution to a political campaign, you want to provide total contribution to a political campaign by state, county or zip code). How do you determine if there is a violation?
Question 4: How do you report a violation of these rules by a private party, and what are the repercussions?
Question 5: These documents occasionally have information useful for identity theft in unredacted form (eg ages, DOB, social security numbers, medical record, bank account numbers). What information should be redacted by the government before making documents public? (eg, is there a legal definition of what is private/public data?) What is the protocol for reporting these incidents?
These are probably best answered by a specialty lawyer (what is the specialty called?) for a commercial entity. But does anybody have a good start? I see Carl Malamud and Aaron Swartz's names come up a lot when searching for this data, so I know these topics have been well researched and (sadly) well prosecuted.