THE UNITED KINGDOM’S RE-USE OF PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION REGULATIONS (PSI) 2005.

Aiming to aid the commercial exploitation of public sector information, the British Government enacted regulations governing the re-use of this type of information. The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 came into force on July 1st, 2005. These regulations govern the re-use of public sector information, or information for which the copyright is held by public authorities. These authorities are expressly listed by these laws. The regulations only apply to the re-use of existing public sector information and no new information can be created under the regulations. Existing UK legislation on copyright however, remains unchanged by the regulations.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the difference between access to information and the re-use of information?
What documents are excluded from the Scope of the regulations?
How does one access public sector information and is there a fee involved?
What information is available for re-use?
What happens to a third party copyright and what is the position when a public sector organization wants to use third party copyright material such as for example, a photograph in a publication?

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