Directgov terms and conditions

From the Terms and Conditions section of Directgov:

“you may retrieve and display Content from the Website on an electronic visual display device, print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)”

Er, why?

(via Malcolm Coles)

7 comments ↓

#1 Sharon Cooper on 08.17.09 at 12:14 pm

Hi Tom This isn’t the Terms and Conditions for the use of content on the Directgov website. They can be found at this link: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/SiteInformation/DG_020455

Directgov follows Crown Copyright rules and states:
“You may re-use the information on this website free of charge in any format, provided:
– it is re-used accurately
– you identify the source and state that it is Crown copyright
– it is not re-used for advertising or promotions
– old material is not presented as current

You can also link to Directgov information pages. You don’t have to ask permission to link to the website but Directgov can provide wording and linking graphics.”

#2 LawrenceB on 08.17.09 at 1:01 pm

Hilarious!

#3 MJ Ray (software.coop) on 08.17.09 at 2:27 pm

Because gov.uk has shares in the banks that part-own the printer ink sellers?

#4 malcolm coles on 08.18.09 at 4:08 pm

Hello, it’s malcolm (the original poster of this quote). I’ve rechecked my original link and that para is from the T&Cs of this page: http://directgov.transportdirect.info/Web2/Home.aspx

This looks like a Direct Gov portal bringing together a lot of other sources. Are you saying it’s something else, Sharon?

It’s got Direct Gov plastered all over it and is in the Direct Gov orange.

The T&Cs quoted above are from that page.

#5 Sharon Cooper on 08.18.09 at 9:52 pm

The terms and conditions quoted relate to the provision of services within the Transport Direct journey planner, which is available through Directgov.

Each government service available through Directgov will have its own set of terms and conditions relating to the provision of that individual service.

The article pages on the direct.gov.uk website are covered by Crown Copyright and are free to use.

The limitations on photocopying are determined by the terms and conditions set out in the licence from Ordnance Survey for the mapping data.

#6 Mo on 08.22.09 at 12:48 am

Hi Sharon,

In the nicest possible way, how are people supposed to a) realise and b) understand that, let alone pay any attention to utterly unenforceable conditions (I can print two copies with my printer, but not print one and photocopy it once?).

Again, I realise I’m probably shooting the messenger, but that’s hilariously bad. You need to sort that… stuff (family blog) out.

If there are different T&Cs for different bits of Directgov (why are there different bits of Directgov on different domains _anyway_?) then you’re doing it wrong. Single set of T&Cs, clearly stating where exceptions must apply, if they really must.

The very fact that Directgov has silly conditions imposed upon it by Ordnance Survey makes it look like amateur hour.

Related note: Please fix your URIs. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/SiteInformation/DG_020455 is neither guessable, memorable, nor indicative of the content it conveys. What’s wrong with http://www.direct.gov.uk/terms (redirecting, with an appropriate Vary header) to http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/terms if English is detected as your Browser’s language).

#7 Mo on 08.22.09 at 12:50 am

Heh, it turns out that http://www.direct.gov.uk/terms actually works, but bizarrely isn’t the canonical URL. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/terms doesn’t, however.

Bad URI design will become incredibly detrimental when the site is (inevitably) rebuilt from scratch in a few years’ time.

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