Copyright and re-use

Please note that new guidance will be available in summer 2015 for public sector bodies, the cultural sector, and re-users in advance of the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

Read our guidance on a range of copyright and access issues, including information about Crown copyright.

For guidelines on copyright and the re-use of The National Archives’ material, see our terms of use pages.

Crown copyright covers material created by civil servants, ministers and government departments and agencies.

We issue guidance to government departments, agencies and all users of Crown copyright protected materials.

Copyright protection starts as soon as a work is created.

This is a list of those public bodies which have Crown status, which means that material which they produce is subject to Crown copyright protection under Section 163 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Delegations of authority are granted from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) to government departments where there are sound policy or practical benefits in doing so.

This includes assignments to and from the Crown and also Queen's Printer for Scotland assignations from the Crown.

Frequently asked questions about Crown copyright