[Foundation-l] UK government information changes on the way?
saintonge at telus.net
Sat Jan 13 09:02:13 UTC 2007
Neil Harris wrote:
>The BBC is carrying an interesting story on possible changes in the
>attitude of the UK government to the free use of government information.
>At the moment, the Statute Law Database is Crown Copyright, as is nearly
>all UK government information, with a commercial licence needed for any
>use other than private study or non-commercial research.
>According to the BBC, this may be about to change, and the changes may
>be part of a wider change in attitude to the free reuse of government data.
>Is this something that the Foundation or other interested Wikipedians
>might be interested in pursuing with the UK government?
This sounds like a welcome development. I think that this is one area
where US law has got it right. Having the UK do this could start the
ball rolling in other countries..
I think that the suggestion that they might still require permissions,
even free ones, unworkable. I think requiring a simple disclaimer that
the mirrored version of a law is not an official one should be enough to
ensure that people aren't deceived. From what I have seen of US
material this does not seem to be a significant problem there.
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