51 U.S. Code § 60113 - Data policy for Landsat 7
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Data policy for Landsat 7
(a)Landsat 7 Data Policy.—The Landsat Program Management, in consultation with other appropriate United States Government agencies, shall develop a data policy for Landsat 7 which should—
ensure timely and dependable delivery of unenhanced data to the full spectrum of civilian, national security, commercial, and foreign users and the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive;
ensure that the United States retains ownership of all unenhanced data generated by Landsat 7;
ensure that the provision of commercial value-added services based on remote sensing data remains exclusively the function of the private sector; and
to the extent possible, ensure that the data distribution system for Landsat 7 is compatible with the Earth Observing System Data and Information System.
(b)Additional Data Policy Considerations.—In addition, the data policy for Landsat 7 may provide for—
United States private sector entities to operate ground receiving stations in the United States for Landsat 7 data;
other means for direct access by private sector entities to unenhanced data from Landsat 7; and
the United States Government to charge a per image fee, license fee, or other such fee to entities operating ground receiving stations or distributing Landsat 7 data.
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