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The Enterprise must defend Data's status when Starfleet demands his reassignment for study.

In other words what defined a being and what rights does that being have. In this case Data's rights were in jeopardy.

Standard judicial side-stepping...not "Androids are people, too..." just "Data has the right to choose". They may have called the episode "Measure of a Man" but the ruling did not mean that, as a matter of law, Data is now "human"...

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