Reading the judgement itself seems to indicate that there is no jurisdictional precedent being set here. The judge states that this would be copyright infringement in the USA (and that it has been ruled as such in a USA court), but then says that the US ruling can't be enforced in the UK, and separately that it wouldn't be considered infringement anyway.
If the story is accurate then this illustrates the worst kind of thinking. The point of commissioning a study is to discover the truth. In scientific circles this behaviour would see you ostracised.
We hear about lies, damned lies and statistics. Stats has this bad reputation because much of the time, genuine statistical studies like this are ignored when they don't conform with the preconceived notions of what the results should be.
I don't have a completely salient point to make here, I'm just angry that the file drawer effect ends up having such an impact on the data which politicians who create policy base their arguments on.
And yet you are unable to supply a simple link as requested. I'm sure there is a logical fallacy regarding an argument to 'common knowledge' but I can't be bothered to find out. Maybe you should google it?
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