[Talk-GB] OS National Grid References

Brian Prangle bprangle at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 16:20:16 UTC 2019

Are these covered by copyright? I've found conflicting opinions:

out of copyright in 1986 - since it was 50 years since the introduction of
the NG in 1936


"current case law supports this ownership, given in Ordnance Survey vs
Younger and others (Ch 10 April 1995), in which Sir Jeremy Vinelott,
sitting as a Judge of the High Court, ruled that "OS copyright material
includes the National Grid" and that "the OS retain the right to refuse to
allow ... [someone] ... to use the National Grid", a right taken up in that
case. "

Can anyone shed any light on this?


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