This arises from confirming-if-my-great-great-uncle-received-his-medal-in-ww1-before-he-died where the original poster, being unsure of the rules, blurred parts of the images included in his query.
Firstly there is a basic fact - the Medal Index Card, blurred to the extent that it was, provided almost no useful information to allow the question to be answered. TomH was able to answer the question very sensibly but it may be that the soldier's name was sufficiently unique to allow him to answer the query. (Alternatively, the Medal Roll reproduced further down the page possibly provided enough information when allied with TomH's own subscription to Ancestry).
My question is whether The National Archives' rules require such blurring of a Medal Index Card or other image of material from TNA; whether they forbid any reproduction of such material at all; or whether it is permitted to reproduce such an image for the purposes of answering a query.
Ancestry's own Terms & Conditions are not the point here. Or are they?
My own feeling was that the images were permitted under the Open Government Licence, specifically that you are free to
copy, publish, distribute and transmit the Information
where the Information is defined by
copyright and database right material expressly made available under this licence (the 'Information')
Notice that the use of the term Information here refers to the usage under that definition and that therefore Information includes both information in the normal sense of the word - which cannot be copyrighted - sigh - and the images.
I know that there are those of you who believe that authority needs to be obtained on an image-by-image basis. Any explanation about where I'm going wrong would be welcome but two things need to be brought up if images are to be (effectively) forbidden.
- The world is full of queries on genealogical boards where a (part-)document is reproduced - I know of no action to close down the Great War Forum (say) because of the number of Medal Index Cards reproduced in queries;
- If images are (effectively) forbidden, it makes answering queries on document contents (effectively) impossible.