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What is Crown Copyright?

Crown copyright applies to any material created by civil servants, ministers and government departments and government agencies. There is a full definition in section 163 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

For more information see the guide below.

Cranfield staff wishing to use Crown Copyright content in their own publications should particularly check the document on Re-use of Crown copyright material by third parties: guidance note for contractors)

Students wishing to use Crown Copyright content in their theses can use it for academic purposes (with similar limitations to standard copyright law e.g. with regard to amount and acknowledgement), but if they are sponsored by commercial or overseas bodies they should check permissions first as there may be restrictions.


Guidance: Ministry of Defence copyright licensing Information