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Copyright Issues


Publishing UK census information in the past required a copyright waiver, but the rules have been relaxed. The U.K. government's position is explained in the White Paper, The Future Management of Crown Copyright, 1996.

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Please note that this section was originally issued on the Wigtownshire Pages with URL references to the notes given below. However, in 2011 most of those URLs are no longer accessible, and so they have been removed.

1. In the Government White Paper, The Future Management of Crown Copyright, it was announced that copyright would be waived for certain types of material which are Crown copyright protected. One of the categories of material which is covered by waiver is unpublished Crown copyright protected public records.

Provision of Crown copyright public records. PRO document 15 5.5 page 6 0f 19

5.5 The Government announced in the 1999 White Paper The Future Management of Crown copyright (Cm4300) that Crown copyright will in future be waived in most public records held in the Public Record Office, the National Archives of Scotland, the Public Record office of Northern Ireland, places of deposit of public records appointed under the Public Records Act 1958 and any Welsh national archive that may be established by the National Assembly for Wales. 5.5.1 Crown copyright will continue to subsist in public records, but will not be enforced in public records that are available to the public and that were unpublished, or contain material that was unpublished, at the time of when they were deposited. Users are free to copy, index, transcribe, publish and broadcast such Crown copyright material without formal permission, payment of a copyright fee or acknowledgment of copyright. The appropriate record office's custody of the original documents must nevertheless still be acknowledged, and the archived document reference given.

http://www.pro.gov.uk/about/copyright.htm

Crown copyright will continue to subsist in public records, but will not be enforced in public records that are available to the public and that were unpublished, or contain material that was unpublished, at the time when they were deposited. Examples of such material are census returns, records of services.....Users are free to copy, index, transcribe, publish and broadcast such Crown copyright material without formal permission, payment of copyright fee or acknowledgment of copyright. The appropriate record office's custody of the original document must nevertheless still be acknowledged, and the archival document reference given. Crown copyright material among non-public records in the PRO will be treated in the same way.