Amount of legal action taken in relation to postcode data

Heather Brooke made this Freedom of Information request to Royal Mail Group Limited
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Dear Sir or Madam,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information annually for the past two years up until my request is answered:

1. The number of times the Royal Mail and/or those legally representing Royal Mail have threatened legal action against others for breach of copyright and/or licensing in relation to the postcode dataset.

2. A listing of these instances including date and type of supposed violation (eg copyright, licensing etc.)

3. A listing of the parties to whom the legal action was addressed.

For the final question I would like the information from the past ten years as I imagine the number of instances the Royal Mail has gone to trial or agreed to a legal settlement is minimal.

4. A listing of all cases in which legal action actually took place (court trial or settlement, etc) with the date, parties involved, result (trial result or if a settlement was agreed the amount of this settlement).

I am sure good governance requires you keep records on the number and identity of those parties against whom Royal Mail has threatened legal action but if some parts of this request are easier to answer than others, I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically. If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please contact me at the email listed. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way before the twentieth working day.

If similar FOI requests have been made already please could you forward your responses to me.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Heather Brooke

Royal Mail Group Limited

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Dear Miss Brooke

Thank you for your request for information received on 20/10/2009, which
we are considering under the Freedom of Information Act. Under the Act
you should expect a reply from us to be sent by 17/11/2009, which is
twenty working days from receipt of your request.

If for any reason we are unable to provide you with a full response within
that time, we will contact you explaining the reasons for this and giving
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Yours sincerely

John Cere
[1][Royal Mail Group request email]
Freedom of Information Unit

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Dear Ms Brooke,

Please find attached a response to your recent Freedom of Information
(See attached file: Brooke 17Nov09.doc)
Yours sincerely

Colin Young
Freedom of Information Manager
Company Secretary's Office

2nd Floor, Royal Mail Sheffield, Pond Street, Sheffield, S98 6HR
[email address]

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Alex Skene left an annotation ()

Some background on some of the cases mentioned:
- Ernest Marples (Sep 09)

- Royal Mail v I-CD Publishing (UK) Ltd (2004):

Ben Harris left an annotation ()

That last link corrected: <>