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Using material protected by UK Crown Copyright or Parliamentary Copyright

Crown Copyright applies to materials which are produced by employees of the Crown during the course of their duties. Therefore, most materials orginiated by ministers and civil servants is protected by Crown Copyright.

A new Licence – the Open Government Licence for public sector information – was launched in 2010 and governs the re-use of any Crown Copyright material. Under the licence you are free to:

  • copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Infomation;
  • adapt the Information;
  • exploit the Information commercially for example, by combining it with other Information, or by including it in your own product or application.

You must, where you do any of the above:

  • acknowledge the source of the Information by including any attribution statement specified by the Information Provider(s) and, where possible, provide a link to this licence

Parliamentary Copyright applies to materials produced by the House of Commons and the House of Lords of the Westminster Parliament. The following categories of material qualify for Parliamentary copyright protection:

  • Lords and Commons Official Reports (Hansard);
  • Bills of Parliament;
  • House business papers, including Journals of both Houses;
  • Lords Minutes of Proceedings;
  • Daily Business Papers (Vote Bundle);
  • Commons Order Books;
  • Commons Public Bill lists and Statutory Instruments lists;
  • Weekly Information Bulletin;
  • Sessional Information Digest .

Parliamentary copyright material can be reproduced without formal permission for the purposes of non-commercial research, private study and for criticism, review and news reporting provided that the material is appropriately attributed. For re-use in teaching a Click-Use Parliamentary Licence must be held. UCL has such a Licence. When re-using any Parliamentary Copyright please note our Licence reference number on any copies or files:

Parliamentary Click-Use Licence P2010000360

Last modified 24 February 2011

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