Licensing for 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 of Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

These pages will help those using and re-using public sector information. There are details about the UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF) and the Open Government Licence (OGL).

The UKGLF applies to both central government and the wider public sector.


Find out more about theĀ Open Government LicenceĀ and the non-commercial Government Licence.

The UK Government Licensing Framework (UKGLF)Ā provides a policy and legal overview of the arrangements for licensing the use and re-use of public sector information, both in central government and the wider public sector.

The Open Government Licence (OGL) (view in English or Welsh) is a simple set of terms and conditions that facilitates the re-use of a wide range of public sector information free of charge.

This guidance outlines the purpose of the Open Government Licence (OGL) and explains what public sector bodies need to do to offer their information and data under it.

The term 'public task' is used in the Regulations on the Re-use of Public Sector Information (2005) (PSI Regulations).

An exclusive agreement is where a public sector body grants an organisation sole right to re-use particular information.

The Licensing Forum is made up of a group of practitioners from across the public sector who are involved in licensing and copyright.