This is basically a sequel to the equally absurd "research parasite" editorial from several months ago: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe1516564
For anyone not up to date on this, we're talking about data generation funded at least partially by US government grants, i.e. public money. The people generating the data basically want to limit access to it as long as possible so that they can squeeze the maximum number of scientific publications out of it before anyone else gets to look at it or verify whether their analysis actually supports their claims. They also want to limit access for as long as possible because they want to charge for access to the (publicaly funded!) data in the interim.