Fair trading policy

As a licensor of crown copyright and database right materials, we're committed to trading fairly and ethically in licensing those materials.

Until 31 March 2018, we were accredited by The National Archives (TNA) under their Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS).   IFTS has now been withdrawn by TNA, but  in relation to the licences we grant for Crown copyright and database right materiaIs, we remain committed to the following fair trading principles that were established under IFTS:

Maximisation. We will grant permissions for the commercial re-use of OS data under a suitable licence unless there are strong reasons not to allow re-use.

Simplicity. We will ensure that our processes will enable simple access to OS data supported by simple policies and licences.

Innovation. We encourage innovation and will continue to remove obstacles to re-use and facilitate the development of new and innovative forms of re-use.

Transparency. We will ensure that users can easily obtain:

  • The terms for re-use, including licence terms.
  • The applicable charges.
  • The details of what is available for re-use.

Fairness. We will treat all re-users in a non-discriminatory way for the same type of re-use. In addition, we will not compete unfairly just because we have produced the data.

Challenge. We will operate a robust complaints process to review licensing decisions where required and with appropriate references to role of the Information Commissioner’s Office in the process.

Note, references above to “OS data” mean Ordnance Survey published datasets in which there are Crown copyright and/or database right.  

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