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Myth Busting

This page takes you the licensing essentials when it comes to busting common myths surrounding licensing; using mapping data from our public sector mapping agreements.

Answer: Yes – you can publish a map in a newspaper that you have responsibility for

Please ensure when publishing that:

  • The map is supporting your core business.
  • You have the authority to provide the information. For example, if you are including a third-party-copyright work do you have their written permission to include it in this document?
  • Your business information is being included (where appropriate).
  • It covers only an area that is sufficient to meet the need. For example, if the information only relates to a single property how far away does the other relevant information go (street, locality, town and so on).
  • The mapping is at the appropriate scale to meet the need. For example, what is your target audience that you are trying to cater for? Are you just providing a general overview or a more detailed insight to the plans?
  • It is made clear to the recipient that the map extract is supporting your core business. For example, you have included the map in a document template that contains the necessary information, such as why you have produced it and the appropriate trademarks and acknowledgements.

Please note that if you ask, or have been asked by, a third party to publish your information in a newspaper, then they will need to have the appropriate licence from Ordnance Survey to cover that activity. For more information about licences please visit this webpage.

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Answer: Yes – you can make a charge

The member licences do allow you to recover your costs, provided that you are not making a financial gain, and in those circumstances where you are allowed to make a statutory charge. If you wish go beyond that Ordnance Survey have a number of other licences that can satisfy your needs. For more information please visit this webpage.

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Answer: Yes – you can commercially exploit your data but not under the Public Sector Licences

The reason is that the public sector member licences are there to support your non-commercial public sector activities. If you wish to commercially exploit your data, Ordnance Survey has a number of other licences available that should meet your need. For more information for finding the right licence please visit this web page.

Please note that the public sector member licences do allow you to recover your costs, provided that you are not making a financial gain, and in those circumstances where you are allowed to make a statutory charge.

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Answer: No – you do not need to provide a full end user licence

Provided you ensure that:

  • The map is supporting your core business.
  • You have the authority to provide the information. For example, if you are including a third-party-copyright work do you have their written permission to include it in this document?
  • Your business information is being included (where appropriate).
  • It covers only an area that is sufficient to meet the need. For example, if the information only relates to a single property how far away does the other relevant information go (street, locality, town and so on).
  • The mapping is at the appropriate scale to meet the need. For example, what is your target audience that you are trying to cater for? Are you just providing a general overview or a more detailed insight to the plans?

It is made clear to the recipient that the map extract is support your core business. For example, you have included the map ‘in a template’ that contains the necessary information, such as why you have produced it and the appropriate trademarks and acknowledgements.

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