Changes to practice in licensing photography

Waiting for an internal review by Cabinet Office of their handling of this request.

Dear Cabinet Office,

Some photographs appearing on the Number 10 Flickr feed recently have licence conditions other than the Open Government Licence which until now has been usual. An example is at https://www.flickr.com/photos/number10go... , which states “ ©No10 Crown Copyright“ and “All Rights Reserved”. I would like to see all correspondence and records of discussions relating to this change in practice; and all documents setting out current guidance or process which describe what licence conditions should be attached on publishing any photographs to this feed.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Plouviez

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CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  FOI329497

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Andy Mabbett left an annotation ()

The request included "current guidance or process which describe what licence conditions should be attached on publishing any photographs to this feed". It is implausible for the Cabinet Office to claim they do not have this, unless they are admitting that they make such stuff up as they go along. I therefore urge Ben to ask for a review.

The example image cited in the request has indeed had its licence changed, but to "CC By nc-nd 2.0" - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-... - and that is not the Open Government Licence, nor compatible with it. Indeed it is more restrictive

Dear Cabinet Office,

FAO: Eirian Walsh Atkins

I am writing to request an internal review of Cabinet Office's handling of my FOI request 'Changes to practice in licensing photography'. You have claimed that CO does not hold the information I requested.

I suspect your claim to exemption relies on your assertion that there has been no change in policy, and therefore CO holds no documents relating to such a change. However, my request was also for “any documents setting out current guidance or process which describe what licence conditions should be attached on publishing any photographs to this feed.”

I do not believe that there are no such guidance documents setting out the current policy. You have said that there has been no change in policy: how do you know this, unless there is a written policy which has not changed? You have also said that the licence statement I quoted was applied by “human error”: but the human in question can only have erred in relation to an existing procedure, which is presumably written down.

The example photo cited in my request has had its licence changed to “CC By nc-nd 2.0" - and that is not the Open Government Licence, nor compatible with it. Given that there is a default presumption for OGL for Government publishing, use of an alternative licence must surely be a deliberate policy choice. I therefore request a review of the Cabinet Office’s claim not to hold such any guidance documents that set out the policy for assigning licences.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Ben Plouviez

FOI Team Mailbox, Cabinet Office

CABINET OFFICE REFERENCE:  IR329497

Dear Ben Plouviez

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