[Talk-GB] [OSM-legal-talk] UK mapping authority switches to Open Government Licence

Mike Collinson mike at ayeltd.biz
Fri Jan 7 16:04:44 GMT 2011

At 02:47 PM 7/01/2011, David Groom wrote:
>>----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Collinson" <mike at ayeltd.biz>
>>In the case of the UK OS, there is a switch from a potential requirement for
>>level 4 attribution to a clear requirement for level 1, so the Open
>>Government Licence is definitely good news for handling highly granular
>with regards to the OS OpenData, the bit in the licence which I am unsure about are the following lines, taken from http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/opendata/docs/os-opendata-licence.pdf
>"You must always use the following attribution statement to acknowledge the source of the Information : 'Contains Ordnance Survey data  Crown Copyright and database right 2011'"
>"The same attribution statements must be contained in any sublicenses of the information that you grant, together with a requirement that any further sub-licences do the same"
>Unfortunately the line above seems to me to extend the attribution requirements required for OpenData to a much higher attribution requirement than that required by the OGL .

Thanks, David.  Bother.  Either it refers only to Royal Mail-tainted Code-Point data as immediately above the text or the OS are pulling a fast one by re-writing the OGL ... making it effectively their old problematic license.  Assuming the latter we'll need to lobby.  UK members of this list may like to help by reading through the UK government's general guidelines and see if anything is clearly conflicting with what they have done:


The best I can find so far is that the layout of the page link in David's email has this extra text not anticipated in the general guideline:


"It incorporates the Open Government License for pubic sector information (see below and http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/) which is varied by the following terms:"


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