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In this section you will be able to find out about the areas of information policy that OPSI is involved in and related papers, speeches, and official reports.

Power of Information

The Power of Information Review (POIR), commissioned by the Cabinet Office, explored the Government’s role in maximising the benefits for communities through new technologies and online tools.

More information available in the Power of Information section.

Public Sector Information Regulations

The European Directive on the re-use of public sector information was approved by the Council of Ministers on 27 October 2003 and implemented in the UK on 1 July 2005. Information relating to the implementation of the EU Directive on Public Sector Information and the obligations for most public sector bodies can be found under the PSI Regulations section.

Crown copyright

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

The Controller of HMSO 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 Controller’s behalf.

More information is available in the Crown copyright section.

Parliamentary copyright

Parliamentary copyright is defined at Section 165 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as covering works made by or under the direction or control of the House of Commons or the House of Lords.

More information is available in the Parliamentary copyright section.

Guidance notes

OPSI provides guidance about official publishing and on a range of copyright and access issues

See the Crown Copyright guidance notes and the Publishing guidance notes for more information