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The Open Database Of The Corporate World

Principles

Purpose

Purpose

OpenCorporates exists to make information about companies and the corporate world more accessible, more discoverable, and more usable, and thus give citizens, community groups, journalists, other companies, and society as a whole the ability to understand, monitor and regulate them.

To the extent that we have rights to the information in OpenCorporates (including database rights), we will licence it under a share-alike attribution licence, allowing free and open reuse even commercially. OpenCorporates or companies that wish to use the information on a non-share-alike basis will need to pay for a non-share-alike version (for the privilege of not releasing the resultant information to the community), thus ensuring OpenCorporates has a sustainable business model and giving an incentive to release information back to the community.

Scope

Scope

The definition of a company varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, includes a variety of different legal forms used for a variety of purposes.

OpenCorporates follows the basic principle that a company is a legal entity registered or incorporated by a company register or jurisdiction. We do not intend to create records on individuals, except insofar as they are registered as a business or connected with a business or other corporate entity on a public document or register. We do include dissolved companies as this is an important part of the public record, allowing customers, suppliers, and society at large to understand the past actions of companies and of those involved in them.

Transparency

Transparency

The definition of a company varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, includes a variety of different legal forms used for a variety of purposes.

OpenCorporates follows the basic principle that a company is a legal entity registered or incorporated by a company register or jurisdiction. We do not intend to create records on individuals, except insofar as they are registered as a business or connected with a business or other corporate entity on a public document or register. We do include dissolved companies as this is an important part of the public record, allowing customers, suppliers, and society at large to understand the past actions of companies and of those involved in them.

Privacy

Privacy

The Public Records Privacy Policy contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, store, use and make personal information available, how to contact us and what to do if you have a complaint regarding the way we process personal information. We ask that you read it carefully.