Is TSO operating without a license to enforce copyright for PRINCE2?
Is a British Government website inaccurate or is
APMG TSO operating without a license?
APM Group has been granted delegated authority on behalf of OGC to issue sub-licenses for the re-use of OGC's trade marks (PRINCE2®, MSP®, M_o_R®, ITIL®, P3O®, P3M3™)
[Update: The IT Skeptic screwed up. The above quote refers to trademark and the following refers to copyright, so in fact the headline should read "Is TSO operating without a license to enforce copyright for PRINCE2?" since TSO manage the copyright, not APMG. Sorry folks.]
The Director of OPSI in her role as Queen’s Printer has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to manage all copyrights owned by the Crown on Her Majesty’s behalf. OPSI’s Information Policy team licenses on the Queen’s Printers behalf.
Some government departments have delegated authority from the Controller of HMSO to license the re-use of the Crown copyright material which they originate. IFTS Accreditation is used as the method of regulating decisions about the licensing of Crown copyright information by those bodies. The Controller of HMSO has also granted limited delegations to parts of government departments which have responsibility for specialised forms of licensing activity
The following have delegations to license specific types of information
Office for Government Commerce (OGC) 23/12/05 December 2005 IT Infrastructure Library Framework
...nothing else, no "PRINCE2®, MSP®, M_o_R®... P3O®, P3M3™" .
It is all very arcane, but also the OPSI site seems pretty clear - I can't see what I've missed. So it begs the question: under what license or authority does
APMG TSO enforce intellectual property rights over say PRINCE2?
[We discussed this previously here in the context of OGC and ITIL.]