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||Information Fair Trader Scheme
The Chief Executive of Companies House, Gareth Jones, has made a commitment to join the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS). The scheme is run by the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and its purpose is to set and assess standards for public sector bodies. It requires them to encourage the re-use of information and reach a standard of fairness and transparency. Companies House is striving to achieve full IFTS accreditation, which ensures that re-users of public sector information can be confident that they will be treated reasonably and fairly by public sector information providers.
Before Companies House can be granted IFTS accreditation, it must undergo a verification process to satisfy OPSI that it can meet its commitment. This verification process is now underway and regular updates will be provided on progress.
The Scheme was originally launched in 2003 but was simplified in 2005 to help public sector bodies meet their responsibilities under the new European Directive on Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/1515). The aim of the Regulations is to encourage the re-use of public sector information by removing obstacles that stand in the way of re-use, with the intention that this will stimulate the development of innovative new information products and services across Europe and boost the information industry. The Regulations can be found by visiting the OPSI website.
The Scheme supports the aim of the Regulations by adhering to 5 basic principles:
It requires public sector bodies to encourage the re-use of information and reach a standard of fairness and transparency. Further information on the Information Fair Trader Scheme can be found by visiting the OPSI website.
Companies House is striving to achieve full IFTS accreditation, which ensures that re-users of public sector information can be confident that they will be treated reasonably and fairly by public sector information providers.
Copyright and Crown copyright
Copyright is usually owned by the person or organisation that created the work. In the case of copyright works produced by civil servants, the copyright is owned by the Crown and qualifies for Crown copyright protection under section 163 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Government departments do not own copyright in their own right.
The material published by Companies House may be broadly split into two categories:
a) Material produced by Companies House
b) Material on the public register
Companies House and Re-use
Companies House, as a public information provider, makes all information relating to limited companies available for public inspection. It places no restriction on how the information is used after purchase other than the following: