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Crown Copyright

The Queen’s Printer for Scotland (QPS) acts on behalf of Her Majesty and exercises Her rights and privileges in connection with:

  • Crown copyright in Acts of the Scottish Parliament and in all other copyright works produced by any office holder or member of staff of the Scottish Administration. See section 92 of the Scotland Act 1998 for a full definition of the functions of the QPS. Under section 92(5) of the Act, the Queen’s Printer holds the office of QPS.

Linked to these responsibilities, are the following:

  • To define policy on Crown copyright, taking into account the views of other government departments and agencies where appropriate.
  • The issue of guidance and provision of advice on Crown.
  • To delegate certain Crown copyright licensing responsibilities to other government departments and agencies.
  • To oversee the administration of those delegated responsibilities.
  • To investigate infringements of Crown and consulting other government departments and agencies.

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