Data Rights Under Government Contracts
Fall 2019

Determination of data rights under contracts with the federal government is primarily governed by FAR Subpart 27.4. Although data rights regulations are rather complex, contractors who perform technical contracts must have at least a basic knowledge of how rights to data relating to their contracts are allocated between themselves and the government.

The following definitions apply to data rights provisions in the FAR:
“Data” is defined as recorded information, regardless of the form or media on which it may be recorded. The term includes technical data and computer software. It does not include contract administration or management information. FAR 27.401.

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