Effective communication is essential in order to reach common understanding, this is especially pointed when decisions must be made within the context of a relationship or community. As eResearch technologies becoming increasingly diffused into the practice of science, these relationships and communities we find ourselves members of will continue to break down geographical and temporal barriers. In this talk we discuss how societal and community norms surrounding data management, and specifically the laws surrounding Intellectual property, provide a fruitful topic of research. We particularly focus on the role Copyright—that is the bundle of rights implicitly given to the creators of intellectual work—plays in influencing this exchange of scholarly knowledge. Licensing as the legal means to transfer these (copy)Rights to others is also more broadly a means of expressing your principles on the outcomes of your intellectual efforts. This provokes an interesting question: How is licensing, or lack of it, on our primary research data affecting its reuse? We present an approach to formalize and subsequently computationally reason over such an important component of contemporary science discourse.