Copyright statements in official publications

OGL symbolYou must include appropriate copyright and re-use statements in all government publications, whether published in print or digital form. The inclusion of these statements confirms where ownership of the copyright rests and also facilitates the re-use of the information.

Failure to include these statements in Command and House of Commons Papers will lead to the Journal Office in the House of Commons rejecting the document so that it will not be laid before Parliament.  These statements can also be used in other types of departmental publications and un-numbered Act Papers.

The statement is included on the title verso page of Command and House of Commons Papers (page 2).

Crown copyright statements for Command and House of Commons Papers

The following statement must be included in all Command Papers and in House of Commons papers where the content has been produced by civil servants and/or ministers. Organisations should include the Open Government Licence (OGL) identifier at the top of the statement. Edit the text in bold as required.

OGL identifier

© Crown copyright [insert year of publication]

This publication is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 except where otherwise stated. To view this licence, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3 or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or email: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned.

This publication is also available on our website at [insert address]

Any enquiries regarding this publication should be sent to us at [insert contact details]

Is your organisation a Crown body?

If you are unsure whether your organisation is a Crown body or not, consult the list of Crown bodies, your organisation’s legal advisers, or your organsation’s enacting legislation. If you are still unsure, please contact official.publishing@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

Copyright statements for House of Commons Papers produced by non-Crown bodies

If you belong to a non-Crown body, you can license your documents under the Open Government Licence by using the above statement, replacing ‘Crown copyright’ with the name of your organisation. Alternatively you can use the best-practice statement below. Edit the text in bold as required:

© [insert name of copyright holder] copyright [year of publication]
The text of this document (this excludes, where present, the Royal Arms and all departmental or agency logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium provided that it is reproduced accurately and not in a misleading context.

The material must be acknowledged as [insert name of copyright holder] copyright and the document title specified. Where third party material has been identified, permission from the respective copyright holder must be sought.

Any enquiries related to this publication should be sent to us at [insert organisation's contact details].

You can download this publication from [insert address of website on which the document will be published]

Publications for which the copyright has been assigned to the Crown

This covers those circumstances where the author of the publication is not a Crown servant or minister but has assigned the copyright to the Crown. This can occur where a government organisation has commissioned an author or organisation to produce a report or research. Copyright can also come into the ownership of the Crown when a non-Crown organisation is abolished, and its assets transferred to its parent department. Edit the text in bold as required:

OGL identifier

© Queen’s Printer and Controller of HMSO [year of publication]

This publication is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 except where otherwise stated. To view this licence, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3 or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or e-mail: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.

Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned.

This publication is also available on our website at [insert address]

Any enquiries regarding this publication should be sent to us at [insert contact details]