Watch it. Then watch it again. Then watch it a third time.
Data is a sentient being. He is a machine, yes, but then again so are we (just of a different type). Yes, he was built by a human, but then again, so are we (just in a different way). Data is just as alive as we are. The standards for being alive are not as cut and dry as "being a biological organism". Being a machine doesnt disqualify you from being alive.
So the fact that you can comment that Data isnt alive, proves you understand nothing about Trek.
A mechanical one
one indeed which could be mass produced (starfleet even considered it)
You might be
and we also are possible to replicate
No he isn't
He does not breathe , eat , sleep , reproduce etc
yes they are
it may allow you to be classified as sentient but not living
living beings breathe , eat , sleep , grow etc
its basic biology
he isn't alive
he himself freely admits to NOT being alive
You guys seem to want to define coffee makers as alive
Data is a fictional character in a story. In that story it is determined that Data is sentient and alive, as such he has the same rights as any biological entity. Therefore your argument is invalid (and a poorly written troll). Good day Sir/Madam.
Note how many times Data is directly referred to with one of the above terms. He is (in the Trek Universe) legally classed as fully sentient and exhibits the "life or motion of nature". This is not something you can argue about, it is part of Star Trek canon and thus is not up for debate by anyone outside of the IP holders.
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To be classified as alive organisms undergo metabolism, maintain homeostasis, possess a capacity to grow, respond to stimuli, reproduce and, through natural selection, adapt to their environment in successive generations. More complex living organisms can communicate through various means.
Let's apply those criteria to Data.
Metabolism: yes, his internal workings control the function of his body in a similar way to our own.
Homeostasis: yes, his metabolism helps to maintain correct operating conditions for his systems to function, pH, temperature etc.
Capacity to grow: yes, but not physical growth, mental growth, the capacity to learn.
Respond to Stimuli: yes, obviously.
Reproduce: yes, Data reproduced by creating lal
Subject to natural selection: yes, in a way Data can create new offspring that better suit the environment they will find themselves in, this could be considered artificial selection such as the way dogs are bred into different roles.
Self-aware: from the hearing yes
Intelligence: from the hearing yes
Concious: who knows? are you concious, am I? do we have a soul, does Data, nobody knows, but we have to give him the benefit of the doubt.