Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability
OpenCorporates is published by Chrinon Ltd, a limited company registered in England (company number 07444723). Chrinon has registered with the UK Data Protection Register under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.
OpenCorporates.com's content is provided "AS IS" and on an "IS AVAILABLE" basis without any representations or any kind of warranty made (whether express or implied by law) to the extent permitted by law, including the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.
The data on companies that is available on OpenCorporates is drawn from many different government sources. In some cases the source data have errors which we have not yet detected and in other cases the data has been provided in very complex and impenetrable formats, which may have given rise to errors in the way it is presented on OpenCorporates.
Under no circumstances will Chrinon Ltd be liable for any of the following losses or damage (whether such losses where foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise): (a) loss of data; (b) loss of revenue or anticipated profits; (c) loss of business; (d) loss of opportunity; (e) loss of goodwill or injury to reputation; (f) losses suffered by third parties; or (g) any indirect, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising from the use of OpenCorporates regardless of the form of action.
Chrinon Ltd do not warrant that functions contained in OpenCorporates content will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that OpenCorporates or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs.
The OpenCorporates database
We source the information in our databases from government through a variety of means – directly from government websites, from publicly available datasets, or through Freedom of Information requests. We spend a lot of time, effort, and even money in getting this data and turning it into a workable and highly usable resource.
We do not claim any rights over the information we receive from our government sources, and attribute them whenever possible. This is known as the “Contents” in the ODbL license.
We do however claim rights over our database of this information.
The ODbL requires you to attribute your use of our database. This is important as it allows us (and in turn the community) to benefit from reuse of our work, and so allows us to continue to provide this service. Use of any data must be accompanied by a hyperlink reading "from OpenCorporates" and linking to either the OpenCorporates homepage or the page referring to the information in question. The URL for this is returned in most API calls and if you are making use of the API we we would expect you to use the latter form.
The attribution must be no smaller than 70% of the size of the largest bit of information used, or 7px, whichever is larger. If you are making the information available via your own API you need to make sure your users comply with all these conditions.
Citing us in a report or mentioning the source in a newspaper article you write directly supports our work and allows us to create great databases.
The ODbL also requires you to share any improvements you make to our databases under the ODbL as well. For example, if you combine the information with your own data, the resultant information must be published under the Attribution Share-Alike ODbL. This means that the whole community can benefit from both of our work on the database.
If you wish to use the database, or part of the database, without one or more of these restrictions, please contact us for a licence.
Licensing your contributions
We have various parts of our website that allow for you to contribute, whether it be comments, text or anything else. When you contribute, you do so on the basis that the contribution is either your own work or is information freely available in the public domain, and on the basis that you allow us to re-use the contribution under the CC-BY3.0 Attribution licence (if you give us your details) or under the CC0 licence (if you don't wish to give us your details). This is so we can share your contribution with others to the benefit of everyone.
Copyright over site content
The content of the site that has been produced or generated by OpenCorporates is covered by the CreativeCommons Share-Alike By Atrribution licence. This does not cover the database (see above).
Permissions beyond the scope of this licence may be available. Please contact us if you think you may need additional permission.
Please note that site software for our sites do not fall under this license or this copyright policy. We often use open source software, and for more on the software we use, you should visit their respective homepages.
Fair dealing, Fair use, and other exceptions to copyright law
Some content on this website is presented here as a result of copyright exceptions such as fair dealing, fair use, or other exceptions. Our copyright policy does not cover content used here under these exceptions. As a result, your use of this material may not come under the same legal exception.
We do not restrict your fair use or other copyright exceptions that you may have for our materials covered under this policy.
Content on our site and third party copyright
It is the policy of this website to respect the copyright of others.
If you see anything that you think shouldn't be here, let us know via .
The site copyright licence does not apply to any trade marks, registered or unregistered, used on this site. The site copyright licence also does not apply to any copyright that applies to different elements of a trademark, such as a logo or particular work representing the trade mark.
Use of the names OpenCorporates or any site logos are not covered by this licence.
That's pretty much it. If you have any questions, get in touch at .
Thank you. The OpenCorporates team.