Dear Valuation Office Agency,
I am writing to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act.
These questions relate to the National Non-Domestic Rating List Data product which you make available for reuse via subscription under the Open Government Licence. I am trying to ascertain whether there is any third-party intellectual property in the address information within that dataset that is not covered by the licence.
Specifically, I want find out:
1. To your knowledge, does the dataset contain any information that is copyright Royal Mail, or data over which Royal Mail has a database right?
2. To your knowledge, does the dataset contain any information that is copyright Ordnance Survey, or data over which Ordnance Survey has a database right?
I appreciate it might be hard to give a clear answer to either of these questions because they may venture into areas of legal uncertainty (for example about the extent of Royal Mail's copyright or database rights). Therefore please answer the following:
1. How was the database behind the published dataset first created, specifically:
a. Who created it, when, and from what sources?
b. Was the Postcode Address File from Royal Mail or AddressBase from Ordnance Survey, or any predecessor products to AddressBase, or any products incorporating these products, used as a source of addresses when creating the dataset?
c. Were any of these products used to check, validate or correct addresses from another source when the original database was created?
2. How is the database behind the published dataset updated, specifically:
a. What sources of information are used to update the database?
b. Are updates from Royal Mail or Ordnance Survey used to provide updates to the database?
c. Do you check, validate or correct addresses in updates to the database against either the Postcode Address File from Royal Mail or AddressBase from Ordnance Survey, or any service that uses those databases as its source?
3. Have you taken legal advice prior to making this data available under the Open Government Licence that by doing so you are not infringing third-party intellectual property rights?
I am submitting this request publicly through WhatDoTheyKnow in order to ensure that there is a public, referenceable record of your response.
Thank you in advance,
Dear Mr Stuart Harrsion
Thank you for your request which was received by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) on 13 August 2014.
I confirm you should receive a response within 20 working days which will be no later than 11 September 2014.
For the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).
Email: [voa request email]
Dear Mr Harrsion
Please find enclosed the Valuation Office Agency's (VOA) response to your request.
FOR Knowledge and Information Management (KIM)
Information and Analysis Directorate
Valuation Office Agency (VOA) | Wingate House | 93/107 Shaftesbury Avenue | London | W1D 5BU
Email: [voa request email]