Copyright guidance

We issue guidance to government departments, agencies and all users of Crown copyright protected materials. We have created these documents to guide, alert and advise on a range of copyright and access issues.

We welcome as wide a dissemination of these guidance notes as possible and they may be copied and distributed without restriction, through newsletters, email, notice boards, in training manuals, on websites and by various other means.

Crown copyright – an overview for government departments (PDF, 0.10Mb)

Information previously covered by waiver conditions  (PDF, 0.02Mb)

Publication of articles written by ministers and civil servants (PDF, 0.11Mb)

Publication of articles written by ministers and civil servants: Annex A – sample licensing agreement (PDF, 0.07Mb)

Copyright in works commissioned by the Crown (PDF, 0.05Mb)

Copying of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates (PDF, 0.04Mb)

Information Asset Register and Freedom of Information – a co-ordinated response to information access (PDF, 0.05Mb)

Freedom of Information publication schemes (PDF, 0.06Mb)

For details about obtaining permission to use and re-use a wide range of Crown copyright and Parliamentary copyright information, please see the licences for re-using public sector information section.