The controversy over the royalty fees that Airbus was planning to impose on MRO invoices—then rescinded at the last moment via letter—highlights some key issues about data rights and usage and intellectual property (IP). At the heart of the matter, Airbus wanted to be fairly compensated for its investment in improving and digitizing its aircraft technical data—and to protect its intellectual property. As Airbus’ Oct. 30 letter withdrawing its July royalty fee ...

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