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From: Ben Laurie <>
Subject: Re: Additional data
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 16:08:47 +0100
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Catherine Prescott wrote:
> Historical facts cannot be copyrighted, so the data contained on the
> certificate is not copyright.
Certainly this sounds reasonable.
> However the form of presentation of the data can be copyrighted, so you
> would need permission eg to reproduce an image of the certificate.
Well, that's OK, because that's not what's being proposed.
> For this reason, FreeBMD needs permission to reproduce the GRO indexes
> (including GRO reference numbers) and has only obtained it for those over
> 100 years old. But interestingly no permission would be needed to reproduce
> a more comprehensive database of historic BMD information whether obtained
> from the certificates, the indexes, or elsewhere.
In fact it is our view that the new Crown Copyright policies mean that
we need no permission for FreeBMD.
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