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10 sites that say it’s OK to print their pages – but not photocopy them

August 10, 2009 4 Comments

There are lots of sites whose T&Cs forbid you linking to them (with more examples here).

There are also lots of sites that say it's OK to print pages (gee, thanks) on paper (they're all very specific about using paper) but forbid you from photocopying them.

Here are 10. Is it just me, or is this really odd? Most of them have clauses forbidding commercial use - so why would they want to ban non-commercial photocopying?

No photocopying

Britvic

Britvic: "You may ... print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)".

Maybe I shouldn't link to them as "You may not, without Britvic's prior written permission, link to this Site from another internet site or equivalent entity."

London Stock Exchange

London Stock Exchange: "You are permitted to ... print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)".

Although I'm not sure I should quote them as "permission to recopy by an individual does not allow for incorporation of material or any part of it in any work or publication in any form."

Still, they also say "You may not frame, link or deep-link this Website to any other website without our prior written consent." so I probably shouldn't have linked to them either ...

Conde Net

Conde Net International: "You may... print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)"

Ordnance Survey

Ordnance Survey: "You may ... print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)".

Even more worryingly, "The Ordnance Survey does not warrant the accuracy, correctness or completeness of the information on this Site. The contents of these pages are provided as an information guide only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for your own research or independent advice."

What does that say about their maps?

Direct Gov

Direct Gov: "You may ... print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)"

National Car Parks

NCP (national car parks): Apparently "Permission is hereby granted to ... print individual pages of the Content on paper (but not photocopy them)".

Quaker Oats

Quaker oats: "You may ... print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)"

FT

FT Business: "You may ... print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)". It's another one that bans deep linking without prior written permission.

BARB

Broadcasters Audience Research Board: "You may ... print individual pages on paper (but not photocopy them)".

AA

AA car data check: "For your own personal non-commercial use, you may... print individual pages onto paper (but not photocopy them)".

A counter example

They don't have to say this. Let's look at the Sun newspaper: "You may print individual pages on paper, photocopy and store such pages ... for your personal con-commercial use."

Or Experian, who say "You can  ... print individual pages on paper or make a reasonable number of photocopies (or both)"

Make sure it's on paper though - that's clearly important to everyone ... (and thanks to Public Sector Forums who first highlighted a no photocopying rule).

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