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Copyright law

Request for information – FOI13352

Thank you for your letter dated 24 January 2013, which we acknowledge, requesting:

Please by FOI Act advise how is copyright law accessed and complied with as per The Times advice 19/03/2009. RE: The states indemnity RSA Policy.

I regret to inform you that we are unable to assist you with your request for information as, in this instance, we consider your request to be invalid.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 is to make provision for the disclosure of information held by public authorities. It is not a tool for organisations to provide comment, speculation or advice in relation to specific issues, as appears to be the case in this instance.

Under the FOIA, Ordnance Survey can only provide to you the information that it holds in a recorded format and cannot ‘advise’, as you ask, on pre published information from other sources.

Internal review
Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS

E-mail: foi@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

E-mail: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

In the meantime, should you need to contact Ordnance Survey regarding your request at any time, please quote the allocated reference number: FOI12340 in any correspondence.

Thank you for your enquiry.

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