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Crown Copyright

What is Crown copyright?

Copyright material which is produced by employees of the Crown in the course of their duties. Therefore, most material originated by ministers and civil servants is protected by Crown copyright.

What is our role in managing Crown copyright?

The Director of OPSI in her role as Queen’s Printer has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to manage all copyrights owned by the Crown on Her Majesty’s behalf. OPSI’s Information Policy team licenses on the Queen’s Printers behalf.

Crown copyright material originated by the Scottish Administration is managed by the Queen’s Printer for Scotland (QPS). The Information Policy team of the Office of the QPS licenses on the QPS’ behalf.