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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

No intellectual property in top cop's expenses

In the FOI field, there is no end in sight of ingenuity and creative thinking.

In Belfast a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly obtained access under Freedom of Information to details of expenses of the Chief Constable of the Police Service. The head of Police Corporate Services told him that the information could not be passed on to anybody else or published because it was protected by the 1998 Copyright and Patents Act.

The Sunday Life newspaper published the expenses when its legal adviser said the claims were without foundation and totally absurd.

Hear, hear.

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