Part of my interest in the HHP is to publish in an academic journal any novel methods I develop. As I read Rule 22, in order to publish a paper that contained any results from the HHP data set, I would need to get explicit written consent from the Sponsor.
So, question to the powers-that-be: In general, is permission likely to be granted if/when someone wishes to publish an academic paper that contains results from a method run on the HHP data set (but not the data themselves)?
And would one still be allowed to use a such a method to submit entries into the competition? (esp given the "not previously published" part of Rule 20).