Licence (Definition)

The grant of certain rights over an information asset, describing the purposes to which the information asset may be used and the conditions upon that use. This takes the form of a contract for licence in the case where the information asset is sourced from a non-government entity and as a memorandum of understanding when the information asset is sourced from another government department. When an information asset is exchanged via an information service, the agency may choose to place a licence over the information asset provided o the consumer. Examples included: An agency may be granted the right to distribute verbatim copies of an information asset they sourced from another government department as long it is unchanged and the original creator is attributed.


Last Reviewed: 15 January 2018