Talk:International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

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You are looking for "licence" info - if it help the colregs are published by the international maritime organisation (IMO). e.g. see . They are reproduced in many places apparently without reference to ownership or copyright. I would speculate that the IMO would prefer that they were widely disseminated rather than someone was unfamiliar with them and they made a small amount of money from them. 16:10, 28 December 2007 (UTC)Reply

I cant see any obvious clues that this would be free of copyright restrictions.
As a comparison, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is known to be in the public domain, because it is a work of the United Nations -- down the bottom of that page is a clear legal basis for it being PD. If we cant find any IMO document that indicates that "colregs" is PD, we may have to email IMO for guidance. John Vandenberg 07:52, 29 December 2007 (UTC)Reply

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I have found an official copy of the text of these COLREGS, as amended up to 1996 at These are published under Crown Copyright, which the MCA defines as "The Crown copyright protected material (other than the Royal Arms and departmental or agency logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged."[1]

IANAL, but I take that to mean that it is OK to host a copy here ("for private study")? I propse copy-and-pasting the text wholesale rather than risk introducing errors by updating or messing with what's already here.

Is that the way Wikisource works? Any advice will be appreciated. Editing as Nigelj, I have been updating the en Wikipedia article[2] recently. -- 14:25, 19 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

For International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, I would think we could host them with the tag {{PD-EdictGov}}. It would mean that we would need to load them here rather than to Commons, where they will not be allowed. I will look at the other discussions and get the community to have a look-see. — billinghurst sDrewth 15:45, 19 July 2010 (UTC)Reply