9 The Non-Commercial Government Licence

The UKGLF default position is that public sector information should be licensed for use and re-use free of charge under the OGL. However, there are specific circumstances where information may only be released for use and re-use for non-commercial purposes. The Non-Commercial Government Licence has been developed to meet those situations.

Under the Non-Commercial Government licence information may be used and re-used free of charge for non-commercial purposes only.  Licensees are required to include an attribution statement, usually specified by the Information Provider, in any use of the information.

This licence:

  • covers any information that an Information Provider and/or rights owner offers under its terms and conditions; and
  • covers information owned by the Crown only when an Information Provider holds a delegation of authority from the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office to license its own information and has made an express offer to license it under the terms of the Non-Commercial Government Licence.

Where a public sector body licenses its information under the Non-Commercial Government Licence, it should insert a visible statement asserting this and provide the Non-Commercial Government Licence URI (Uniform Resource Indicator) or URL (Uniform Resource Locator) in the information.