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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 August 2014

A copyright and scanning licence (CSL), is an annual licence which 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 below 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 is comprised of two elements:

(i) a variable annual reproduction fee (ii) a standard £52 handling fee.

The variable reproduction fee is based on: the scale of map you wish to use, how many reproductions you wish to make, and at what size.

How to calculate the cost of your annual licence

Copyright and scanning process
  1. What map & scale: Choose the fee table relevant to the scale of map you want to reproduce extracts from.
  2. What size: Choose the size you wish to reproduce extracts in e.g. A4
  3. How many: Choose the number of extracts you wish to reproduce
  4. Calculate fee: Find the fee per extract on fee table (based on steps 2 and 3). Multiply this fee by the number of extracts you wish to copy. This is your variable fee.
  5. Add standard fee: Add the standard £52 handling fee to your variable fee.

Please note: The minimum total licence fee is £104 +VAT

Licences cover one site/ premise. Additional premises can be included on one licence, at an additional cost of £47 + VAT per premises.

Licences can also be tailored made to suit the number of reproductions your organisation may need to make in various extract and paper sizes or map scales.

Annual Reproduction fees for extracts of BGS mapping at scales: 1:625 000, 1:250 000, 1:100 000, 1:63 360, 1:50 000 and 1:25 000

Number of extracts to be reproduced Size and charge PER extract £ *(excludes VAT to be added at standard rate)
A4 x 1 A3 x 1 A2 x 1 A1 x 1 A0 x 1
50 to 99 1.04 1.98 3.75 4.38 10.95
100 to 199 0.94 1.78 3.38 3.94 9.86
200 to 299 0.84 1.61 3.05 3.55 8.87
300 to 399 0.76 1.45 2.74 3.19 7.98
400 to 499 0.69 1.30 2.47 2.87 7.18
500 to 749 0.62 1.17 2.22 2.58 6.46
750 to 999 0.55 1.05 2.00 2.32 5.81
1000 to 1499 0.50 0.95 1.80 2.09 5.23
1500 + 0.45 0.86 1.63 1.88 4.70

Annual Reproduction fees for extracts of BGS mapping at scales: 1:10 560 and 1:10 000

Number of extracts to be reproduced Size and charge PER extract £ *(excludes VAT to be added at standard rate)
A4 x 1 A3 x 1
30 to 49 2.61 4.17
50 to 99 2.50 3.96
100 to 249 2.43 3.88
250 to 499 2.35 3.75
500 + 2.29 3.67

Examples:

  1. Over the course of a year a licensee wants to make up to 50 extract copies up to A4 in size of a BGS map which is 1:625 000 in scale.
    Using the fee table for the 1:625 000–1:25 000 scale range, the total licence fee would be £104+ VAT. This is made of a £52 reproduction fee (50 x £1.04) and £52 standard handling fee.
  2. Over the course of a year a licensee wants to make up to 100 extract copies up to A3 in size of a BGS map which is 1:100 000 in scale.
    Using the fee table for the 1:625 000–1:25 000 scale range, the total licence fee would be £230+ VAT. This is made of a £178 reproduction fee (100 x £1.78) and £52 standard handling fee.

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

As part of BGS’s accreditation with the Government's Information Fair Trading Scheme, we regularly review our prices are even, fair and fit for purpose. We can now report we have just reviewed our prices which will mean customers will see price increases for our copyright materials from 1st August 2014. These increases are in line with annual HM Treasury guidelines which are published publically each financial year.

Derived material copyright licence (DMC) fees

Under the terms of their digital data licence 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.

An additional Derived Material Copyright (DMC) licence is only required if another type of use (e.g. commercial use) is required.

A DMC licence allows for reproduction of images derived from BGS digital data held under the digital data licence, for use in analogue or non-queryable electronic format 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 cost of a DMC licence is calculated using the same method, and fee tables as the Copyright and scanning licence above.

Licences cover one site/ premise. Additional premises can be included on one licence, at an additional cost of £47 + VAT per premises.

Contact us at ipr@bgs.ac.uk