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Central Government: Copyright

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many copyrights held by the Government have been surrendered for the benefit of humanity in the last 10 years; and what his policy is on surrendering Government-held copyrights in the field of genetics for the public good. (180438)

The Government keep no central records of Crown copyright works it generates. Government policy on the use of Crown copyright is the responsibility of the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI), whose general policy is to permit most Crown copyright to be re-used under a click-use licence at nil cost, in order to encourage re-use.