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Oireachtas (Broadcast Proceedings) Psi Licence


Licence to re -use pursuant to the European Communities (Re -Use of Public Sector Information)  Regulations 2005 to 2015 (SIs 279/2005, 103/2008, and 525 of 2015) Public Sector Information in  the nature of Broadcast Proceedings


A. Article 1 of Directive 2003/98/EC as amended by Directive 2013/37/EU delineates the documents (as the term “ document ” is defined by those Directives) to which Directive 2003/98/EC as amended applies, and various documents of that description are held by the following public sector bodies or one or more of them:
(1)  The Houses of the Oireachtas or one or other of them;
(2)  The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission;
(3)  The Houses of the Oireachtas Service

B. For ease of reference only, and without providing an exhaustive description or limiting the Directives or Regulations in any way, the following are indicative of documents to which the Directives and Regulations do not apply:
(1)  Documents or parts of documents re-use of which is restricted to give effect to a person’s entitlement to have his or her personal data protected;
(2)  Documents or parts of documents constituting “exempt records ” for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2014;
(3)  Parts of documents containing only logos, crests and insignia, such as the official harp and other State emblems of Ireland;
(4)  Documents or parts of documents held by a public sector body for the fulfilment of a public sector broadcasting remit;
(5)  Rights enjoyed by third persons which the Licensor is not authorized to license;
(6)  Information subject to other intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, and design rights.


1. Interpretation
1.1. These words and phrases have the following meanings in this Licence:

“Broadcast Proceedings”:  Any recording in sound, vision, or sound and vision, of the  proceedings of either House of the Oireachtas or both Houses, or of a committee of one House or both of them, that is subject  to Dáil Standing Order 139, Seanad Standing Order 97, or any amendment or replacement for either or both those Standing Orders, including any reproduction of that recording or excerpt from it (whether or not constituting or with a view to achieving  a moving image);

“Directives”:  Directive 2003/98/EC and Directive 2013/37/EU;

“Licence”:  This Agreement made between the Licensee and a body governed by public law;

“Licensee”:  Any individual or legal entity agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions of this licence;

“Licensor”:  The copyright holder of a document licensed under this agreement and the body governed by public law issuing the document; and

“Recitals”: This Licence from the word “Whereas ” to, where they appear at the close of Recital B, the words “ and design rights ”,  inclusive;

“Regulations”: The  European Communities (Re -Use of Public Sector  Information) Regulations 2005 (SI 279 of 2005), as amended  by the  European Communities (Re -Use of Public Sector  Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (SI 103 of 2008), and the European Communities (Re -Use of Public Sector  Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (SI 525 of 2015):

1.2. A word or expression that is used in this Licence has, unless the contrary intention appears, the same meaning in this Licence that it has in the Directives and Regulations.  

1.3. In this Licence, unless the context requires otherwise, words importing the singular number include the plural and vice versa, and words importing any particular gender include any other gender.

1.4. Any reference in this Licence to any statute or statutory provision must be construed as referring to that statute or statutory provision as it may be from time to time amended, modified, extended, re-enacted or replaced (whether before or after the creation of this Licence) and including all subordinate legislation from time to time made under it.

2. Documents covered by this Licence
2.1 This Licence only covers a document (as defined in the Directives and Regulations) to which the Directives and Regulations apply and which is not excluded by the terms of this Licence.

2.2 This Licence does not cover documents unless they constitute Broadcast Proceedings (including, but not limited to, the release of those Proceedings on the Internet by means of the World-Wide-Web) as defined in Paragraph 1.1.

3. Re -Use of documents
3.1 A document covered by this Licence may be re-used by a Licensee in a work (subject to the conditions of re-use set out below) for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.

4 .  Conditions of Re -Use
4.1 The re-use of a document covered by this Licence (including by way of embedment) is conditional on the Licensee’s:  
(1)  clearly identifying the source and title of the document;
(2)  including in each work details of the copyright together with a statement that the material is being reproduced under Licence and placing this statement in such a manner or location so as to give reasonable notice of claim of copyright in the work;
(3)  to the greatest extent practicable, identifying the date of publication of the document or, where no publication date is readily available, the date on which the document first became available;
(4)  where technically optimal, fulfilling conditions (1) to (3) inclusive by “watermarking” video footage;
(5)  not using the document:
(a)  for the principal purpose of advertising or promoting a particular product or service or in any form of advertising or publicity apart from in the form of news and current affairs programme trailers;
(b)  in programmes of light entertainment or political satire;
(c)  in any context or for any purpose that might reasonably bring the proceedings of the Oireachtas into disrepute, or for any illegal, immoral, fraudulent  or dishonest purpose or in support of the aforementioned purposes;
(d)  in a manner which would imply endorsement by the Licensor; or
(e)  generally in a manner which is likely to mislead others;
(6)  ensuring political balance in how the material is re-used;
(7)  not reproducing any crest, logo or mark of the State, a Government Department or a body governed by public law, except where that crest, logo, or mark forms an integral part of the document being reused;
(8)  accurately reproducing or re-using current manifestations of the document or parts of it;
(9)  procuring that persons embedding versions of the document or parts of it from the Licensee’s website comply with the same conditions that the Licensee is subject to under this Licence; and
(10)  disabling any embedment where the Licensee can no longer embed the document (for example, on social media) consistently with the conditions in this Paragraph 4.1, or where the Licensee becomes aware of further re-use contrary to the terms of the Paragraph.

4.2 For the purposes of Paragraph 4.1, and without prejudice to the generality of the terms of the Paragraph, a document is used for the purposes of advertising, promotion, or publicity contrary to the terms of the Paragraph if it is used:
(1)  in party political broadcasts;
(2)  in the course of any conference or meeting of a registered or other political party or of a group recognized under the Standing Orders of either House of the Oireachtas;
(3)  in promotional matter however published of any such party or group, or;
(4)  to promote or oppose directly or indirectly the candidacy of any person in an election or otherwise to influence the outcome of an election or referendum.

5. Sub-Licensing
5.1 Subject to the provisions in Paragraph 4.1 governing embedment, the benefit of this License may not be sub-licensed.

6. General
6.1 Where the Licensee needs to refer to this Licence, for example, pursuant to Paragraph 4.1, the Licensee may refer to the Licence as the “Oireachtas (Public Sector Information – Broadcast Proceedings) Licence ”.

6.2 The Recitals to this Licence are incorporated into this Licence and form part of its terms.

6.3 Nothing in this Licence shall prevent the Licensor from:
(1)  publishing a list of all licences granted under the Regulations together with details of the licensees and documents so licensed;
(2)  charging within the limits established by the Regulations for the re-use of documents; or
(3)  law fully re-using a document under the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000.

6.4 This Licence does not grant the Licensee an exclusive right to re-use a document.

6.5 This Licence does not transfer any property rights to the Licensee, and the Licensee acknowledges that he or she does not acquire any right, title or interest (including without limitation copyright or other right in the nature of copyright or any other intellectual property right) in the document.

6.6 The failure to enforce at any time or for any period any one or more of the terms or conditions of this Licence does not constitute a waiver of them or of any right at any time to enforce all terms and conditions of this Licence.

6.7 The Licensee acknowledges that a document covered by this Licence may not be error free.

6.8 The Licensor shall not, in connection with the use of a document covered by this Licence, be liable for any loss of whatsoever kind, including but not limited to any indirect or consequential loss whatsoever, however suffered by the Licensee, or for any liability of the Licensee to any third party.

7. Termination
7.1 The Licensor may terminate this Licence immediately at any time by delivering notice to the Licensee or by publishing public notice if:
(1)  the Licensee has committed an irremediable  breach of this Licence; or
(2)  the Licensee, in the Licensor’s opinion, has failed to remedy a remediable breach of these terms within 14 days of being given notice to do so.

8. Indemnity
8.1 The Licensee agrees to keep the Licensor fully indemnified against all claims, liability, damages, costs and expenses, including legal expenses, arising out of any breach of this Licence.

9. Variation
9.1 This Licence may be varied from time to time by the Licensor without notice.  The Licensee agrees to be bound by the most current version of the Licence as may be published, a copy of which may be obtained at

10. Governing Law
10.1 This Licence is made under the laws of Ireland and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Ireland.