What the Open Government Licence covers
What does the OGL cover?
The OGL covers information where the relevant rights owner, or Information Provider which has authority to license the Information for use, make it expressly available for use under the terms of the OGL. This can be achieved by a clear statement in the information being licensed, or in a position which relates to the information, or by means of a hyperlink.
The OGL can cover:
- non-personal information and works which are subject to copyright and database right (much of this information will be accessible on public sector web sites or already published by the public sector)
- previously unpublished datasets released by the public sector; and
- source code and software originating from public sector bodies.
Much of this information will be accessible on public sector web sites, online portals or printed publications.
Information subject to Crown copyright and Crown database right
The Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office (the Controller) manages Crown copyright and Crown database right, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. Further information about the meaning of Crown copyright and Crown database right can be found in the Legal context section in UK Government Licensing Framework.
Crown information licensed under the Open Government Licence
The Controller offers information which is subject to Crown copyright and Crown database right, or to copyright or database right which has been assigned to or acquired by the Crown (Crown information), for use under the terms of the Open Government Licence. This information includes:
- Crown information previously made available under the Click-Use Licence (the PSI Licence, also known as the Core Licence or HMSO Class Licence, and the Value Added Licence); and
- source code and software originated by the Crown.
Crown information not included in the Controller's offer
- Information covered by exemptions in the Open Government Licence;
- source code and software that has been developed from a source that is subject to an open source licence (see the Software and open source section in the UK Government Licensing Framework); and
- Crown information that is licensed by specific Crown organisations under a delegation of authority from the Controller of Her Majesty's Stationery Office, where that information is not expressly offered under the terms of this licence.