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From: Ben Laurie <>
Subject: Re: Additional data
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 16:08:47 +0100
References: <3D39680B.2030905@ntlworld.com> <3D3AB043.10809@algroup.co.uk> <3D3AC6BB.2000903@ntlworld.com> <3D3ACE98.5080605@algroup.co.uk> <3D3AED0C.50707@ntlworld.com> <3D3AF57C.8090703@algroup.co.uk> <018101c23169$38ffa3c0$bdbf87d9@freeserve.co.uk>


Catherine Prescott wrote:
> Ben:
>
> 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.

Cheers,

Ben.

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