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Website terms of use

Our website terms and conditions covering ownership, copyright and intellectual property rights, access, submitted content, reliance on content, linking, disclaimers and liability.

These terms and conditions (the ‘Terms’) apply to your use of Ordnance Survey’s webpages at www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk and any other webpages from which we link to these terms (the ‘Website’). Your use of the Website indicates acceptance of these Terms; please do not use it if you do not accept them.

About Us

The Website is owned and operated by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, acting through Ordnance Survey, Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS, UK.

The getamap application and the leisure pages of the Website are owned and operated by Ordnance Survey Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with company no. 06894550, with its registered office at Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS, UK. Ordnance Survey Limited is wholly owned by Ordnance Survey.

Both organisations are referred to as ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘Ordnance Survey’ in these Terms.
We may revise these Terms at any time by updating this page. You should check the Website from time to time to review the latest Terms, as they are binding on you.

Other Applicable Terms

Other terms of use govern specific elements of our Website. These include the getamap Terms and Conditions, Shop Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy. They take precedence over these Terms if there is any conflict.

1 Access to the Website

1.1 We provide you with access to the Website and content on an ‘as-is’ basis, and do not provide any guarantees or warranties as to its availability, accuracy, completeness or performance.

1.2 We may make changes to the Website and its contents, and may take it down or temporarily suspend access to it, at any time without notice.

1.3 We may restrict access to certain areas of the site to subscribers or registered users only.

1.4 You must treat any username of password as confidential and must not disclose it to anyone. We have the right to disable your username or password at any time if in our opinion you have not complied with any of these Website Terms or other terms and conditions governing any use of the Website.

2 Submissions to the Website

2.1 This Website may include forums, applications, bulletin boards, discussion groups and other public areas which allow users to upload content, including walking routes, photographs and written comment (‘Submissions’).

2.2 We do not vet and are not responsible for any Submissions.

2.3 You use and view all Submissions at your own risk and we do not warrant their accuracy or reliability. Views expressed in Submissions are those of individual contributors and not necessarily those of Ordnance Survey.

2.4 Submissions may not include any content which:

a) is illegal or promotes illegality;
b) is deliberately misleading;
c) is threatening, abusive, offensive or indecent;
d) is defamatory;
e) breaches copyright or any other intellectual property rights;
f) advertises goods and services;
g) reveals personal information about you or a third party; or
h) contains a virus or other harmful component.

2.5 We may remove or edit any Submissions at our discretion and we may treat any Submissions as non-confidential.

2.6 We have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who claims that any Submissions posted by you constitute a violation of their intellectual property.

2.7 We do not claim copyright in any Submissions, but by posting a Submission you grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to display the Submission on the Website or relevant application and store, reproduce, distribute and display the Submission to third parties via the Website or relevant application. You may revoke this licence at any time by removing your Submission or, if removal is not permitted by the relevant webpage or application, by contacting us.

3 Intellectual Property Rights

3.1 The Crown (or where applicable Ordnance Survey Limited or Ordnance Survey’s licensors) owns the rights, title and interest in and to the Website and its content, including all copyright, trade marks (registered and unregistered) and all other intellectual property rights. All such rights are reserved.

3.2 You may print off one copy and may download extracts of any pages of the Website for your own viewing and reference. You must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio material or graphics separately from the accompanying text.

3.3 Except as expressly set out in these Terms or any other relevant terms of use applying to particular pages of the Website, you may not otherwise reproduce, copy, modify, reverse-engineer, download, transmit or publish any of the Website content.

3.4 You must not use any part of the Website content for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence from us.

4 Reliance on Website Content

4.1 The content on our Website is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. We therefore disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance you or anyone else places on such content.

4.2 While we aim to ensure content we source from other parties is appropriate, we are not responsible for any such content, or for the contents of any Submissions.

5 Linking

5.1 You may link to the Website provided that:

  • you do not misrepresent your relationship with Ordnance Survey or present any false information about us, including by misleadingly implying any form of association, approval or endorsement of your website, organisation, products or services by Ordnance Survey;
  • you do not link to the Website in a way that is likely to give your users the impression that our content is yours;
  • you do not create a frame or any other browser or border environment around the Website;
  • the website you link from does not contain content that is illegal or indecent, or infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights.

5.2 We may withdraw your permission to link to the Website without notice.

5.3 Any third party websites we link to are outside our control and we accept no responsibility for their content.

6 Disclaimer and Liability

6.1 We do not warrant that the Website or the server that makes it available are free from viruses or bugs. It is your responsibility to implement any procedures and virus checks to satisfy your own requirements.

6.2 To the maximum extent permitted by law, in relation to the Website, its content, and our obligations under these terms, we exclude:

  • all representations, warranties and other terms (whether express or implied by law); and
  • any liability for any loss or damage incurred by any user (including any loss of data, loss of profits, reputation or goodwill, anticipated savings, business, or losses suffered by third parties), whether direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential, even if foreseeable, and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise.

6.3 Nothing in these Terms seek to exclude or limit our liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence, fraud, or any liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

7 General

7.1 These Terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes.

7.2 If you have any questions about the Website or these Terms, please contact us as follows:

Customer Services, Ordnance Survey, Adanac Drive, Southampton SO16 0AS

Please see below for other contact details, or visit our contact us web page.

Contact us

For more information:

Contact: Customer services, Ordnance Survey

Email: customerservices@os.uk

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