To make the re-use of your organisation's information as straightforward as possible, we recommend that you adopt the Open Government Licence.

The Open Government Licence already covers most information produced by central government departments and agencies, but is designed to be adopted by the wider public sector as well. The Open Government Licence allows for the free re-use of information under a simple set of terms and conditions.

There is no cost to public sector bodies of adopting the Open Government Licence, and it also removes the need for organisations to develop their own licensing models.

Further advice for organisations wishing to use the Open Government Licence can be found in Guidance for Information Providers. The guidance also includes details of the appropriate copyright and website notices for public sector bodies to use.

Public sector bodies that wish to employ their own licensing arrangements for re-use can find a number of example copyright and re-use notices below. Accurate notices for publications and websites are important, as they identify the copyright holder, and how permission can be obtained to use the information.

Example notices

Below you will find examples of notices that you may adapt to meet your organisations' requirements.

Notices for publications

Option 1:

This covers cases where the material can be re-used without a licence:

© [insert name of copyright owner] copyright [insert year of publication]

You may re-use this document/publication (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium. You must re-use it accurately and not in a misleading context. The material must be acknowledged as [insert name or copyright owner] copyright and you must give the title of the source document/publication.

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

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

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

Option 2:

This covers cases where a licence is required to re-use the material. It covers both free and charged licences:

© [insert name of copyright owner] copyright [insert year of publication]

If you wish to re-use all or part of this document/publication you will need a licence. Applications can be sent to us at:

[insert contact details]

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

Notices for websites

Option 1:

This covers cases where the material can be re-used without a licence:

© [insert name of copyright owner] copyright [insert year in which the website was established or last amended]

You may re-use the material featured on this website (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium. You must re-use it accurately and not in a misleading context. You must acknowledge the material as [insert name or copyright owner] copyright and give the title of the document/publication.

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

We encourage users to establish hypertext links to this website.

Option 2:

This covers cases where a licence is required to re-use the material. It covers both free and charged licences.

© [insert name of copyright owner] copyright [insert year in which the website was established or last amended]

You may download the material featured on this website to file or printer for non-commercial research and private study. You will need a licence from us for any other form of re-use. Applications can be sent to us at:

[insert contact details]

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

We encourage users to establish hypertext links to this website.