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Copyright permit fees

BGS fees for issuing a copyright permit take into account many different variables - enquiries will therefore be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The minimum fee for a copyright permit is £50 + VAT (at the standard rate). This copyright fee does not include the cost of purchase of the BGS material. With the exception of photographic materials or costs of supplying bespoke graphics, which is handled separately, those seeking a copyright permit are expected to already be in possession of the BGS material that they wish to reproduce e.g. maps, reports, guides and other published literature.

In some cases, copyright permission fees can be waived when taking the following discretionary factors into account:

  1. type and level of use of the material
  2. term or duration of the reproduction of the material
  3. whether the use fits within our remit in terms of the promotion of geosciences locally, nationally and internationally
  4. special cases, where the enquirer is from a registered charity or is a representative of specialist interest group whose geological remit BGS wishes to support by waiving copyright charges.
  • Apply for a copyright permit in PDF and Word formats.

Copyright and scanning licence fees (CSL) – Revised October 2012

A copyright and scanning licence (CSL) allows for reproduction of extracts from analogue (paper) BGS geological maps for use in analogue (paper/hard copy) or non-queryable electronic format (e.g secured .pdf files) at the following scale ranges:

  • 1:625 000, 1:250 000, 1:100 000, 1:63 360, 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 scales,
  • 1:10 560 and 1:10 000 scales

The total licence fee payable is comprised of two elements: (i) a standard £50 administrative fee; and (ii) a variable annual reproduction fee.

For example using the fee table for the 1:625 000–1:25 000 scale range, as a licensee you may wish to make up to 50 copies of a single extract from a BGS publication, annually. The total licence fee for the reproduction of 50 extracts of up to A4 in size is £100 + VAT (£50 handling fee + £50 reproduction fee), and the annual charge for 50 extracts of up to A3 in size is £145 + VAT (£50 handling fee + £95 reproduction fee).

Licences can be customised to suit the number of reproductions your organisation intends to make in a given year. You may choose to have a licence that covers differing extract sizes i.e. 100 in A4 size and 50 in A3 size, whereby according to the table there will be a total licence fee of £235 + VAT (£50 handling fee + reproduction fee for 100 x A4 = £90 + reproduction fee for 50 x A3 = £95 + VAT).

This licence covers reproduction at a single site/premise. A corporate version of this licence is available, which allows organisations to elect to have multiple sites/premises included on one licence, at an additional cost of £45 + VAT per additional premises.

  • Apply for a copyright and scanning licence in PDF and Word formats.
Copyright and scanning process

ANNUAL REPRODUCTION FEES FOR EXTRACTS FROM BGS MAPPING AT 1:625 000, 1:250 000, 1:100 000, 1:63 360, 1:50 000 AND 1:25 000 SCALES

  Size of extracts to be reproduced and charge per extract. (£ reproduction fee)*
No.of extracts A4 x 1 A3 x 1 A2 x 1 A1 x 1 A0 x 1
50 to 99 1.00 1.90 3.60 4.20 10.50
100 to 199 0.90 1.71 3.24 3.78 9.45
200 to 299 0.81 1.54 2.92 3.40 8.50
300 to 399 0.73 1.39 2.63 3.06 7.65
400 to 499 0.66 1.25 2.37 2.75 6.88
500 to 749 0.59 1.12 2.13 2.47 6.19
750 to 999 0.53 1.01 1.92 2.22 5.57
1000 to 1499 0.48 0.91 1.73 2.00 5.01
1500 + 0.43 0.82 1.56 1.80 4.51
* Excludes VAT. All fees are subject to VAT at the standard rate.

ANNUAL REPRODUCTION FEES FOR EXTRACTS FROM BGS MAPPING AT 1:10 560 AND 1:10 000 SCALES

  Size of extracts to be reproduced and charge per extract (£ reproduction fee)*
No. of extracts A4 x 1 A3 x 1
30 to 49 2.50 4.00
50 to 99 2.40 3.80
100 to 249 2.33 3.72
250 to 499 2.25 3.60
500 + 2.20 3.52
* Excludes VAT. All fees are subject to VAT at the standard rate.

The minimum total licence fee is £100 + VAT (at the standard rate).

Derived material copyright licence (DMC) fees

A BGS digital data licensee is permitted to reproduce extracts from the data up to A3 for use in external analogue (paper/hard copy) or non-queryable electronic (e.g. secured .pdf) format: to meet a public task duty; fulfil a statutory requirement; and/or as part of academic or other non-commercial research; under the terms of their digital data licence. An additional Derived Material Copyright licence is only required if another type of use (e.g. commercial use) is required.

A derived material copyright licence (DMC) allows for reproduction of images derived from BGS digital data held under the digital data licence, for use in analogue (paper/hard copy) or non-queryable electronic format (e.g. secured .pdf files) at the following scale ranges:

  • 1:625 000, 1:250 000, 1:100 000, 1:63 360, 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 scales,
  • 1:10 560 and 1:10 000 scales.

Using the reproduction fee table for the 1:625 000–1:25 000 scale range, as a licensee, you may wish to make up to 50 copies of images derived from the BGS digital data supplied under licence, annually. The total licence fee for the reproduction of 50 extracts of up to A4 in size is £100 + VAT (£50 handling fee + £50 reproduction fee), and the annual charge for 50 extracts of up to A3 in size is £145 + VAT (£50 handling fee + £95 reproduction fee).

Licences can be customised to suit the number of reproductions your organisation intends to make in a given year. You may choose to have a licence that covers differing extract sizes i.e. 100 in A4 size and 50 in A3 size, whereby according to the table there will be a total licence fee of £235 + VAT (£50 handling fee + reproduction fee for 100 x A4 = £90 + reproduction fee for 50 x A3 = £95 + VAT).

This licence covers reproduction at a single site/premise. A corporate version of this licence is available, which allows organisations to elect to have multiple sites/premises included on one licence, at an additional cost of £45 + VAT per additional premises.

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