LAPSI Position Paper No. 1: The 'Principles Governing Charging' for Re-Use of Public Sector Information

Open Data and Re-Use of Public Sector Information, D. Tiscomia (ed.), XX Riv. informatica e diritto 105 (2011)

16 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2013

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Marco Ricolfi

University of Turin - Faculty of Law

Josef Drexl

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Mireille van Eechoud

Institute for Information Law University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Katleen Janssen

KU Leuven

Mariateresa Maggiolino

Bocconi University - Department of Legal Studies; Ask Research Center

Federico Morando

Nexa Center for Internet & Society

Cristiana Sappa

POLITO-Nexa

Paul L.C. Torremans

Independent

Paul F. Uhlir

The National Academies - National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

Raimondo Iemma

Politecnico di Torino

Marc de Vries

Independent

Date Written: May 31, 2011

Abstract

According to the EU Directive 2003/98 public sector bodies can currently charge the cost of collection, production, reproduction and dissemination, together with a reasonable return on investment. If the upper limit for charging was lowered to the marginal costs of reproduction and dissemination of documents, with a possibility for a limited number of exhaustively spelled out exceptions, what could these exceptions be? Who would decide in practice on the exceptions: Member States or local public sector bodies? Accordingly, the analysis presented specifically focuses on an hypothetical regime which provides that charging is subject to an upper limit, identified with the marginal costs of reproduction and dissemination of documents; and admits that the default is overridden by specific exceptions. The underlying assumption is that the current rules concerning charges are amended; and that the current recoverability also of the cost of “collection” and “production” of the documents, as well as of “a reasonable return on investment” made in view of the collection, production, reproduction and dissemination from charges made by public sector bodies is for the future admitted only in specific, exceptional cases. While the present discussion shall mainly deal with the identification of the various options available under the new regime as far as exceptions are concerned and with the governance level at which decisions on the same exceptions should be taken, the scrutiny shall extend to the rationale itself of this hypothetical new regime, to the extent necessary to clarify the available options.

Keywords: Public Sector Information, Charging Principles, Cost of Production, Cost of Collection, Cost of Reproduction, Cost of Dissemination, Return on Investment, Marginal Cost, Exceptions

JEL Classification: K00, K12, K20, K21, K23

Suggested Citation

Ricolfi, Marco and Drexl, Josef and van Eechoud, Mireille M. M. and Janssen, Katleen and Maggiolino, Mariateresa and Morando, Federico and Sappa, Cristiana and Torremans, Paul L.C. and Uhlir, Paul F. and Iemma, Raimondo and de Vries, Marc, LAPSI Position Paper No. 1: The 'Principles Governing Charging' for Re-Use of Public Sector Information (May 31, 2011). Open Data and Re-Use of Public Sector Information, D. Tiscomia (ed.), XX Riv. informatica e diritto 105 (2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2217405

Marco Ricolfi (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Faculty of Law ( email )

Italy

Josef Drexl

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition ( email )

Marstallplatz 1
Munich, Bayern 80539
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.ip.mpg.de

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Munich, 80539
Germany

Mireille M. M. Van Eechoud

Institute for Information Law University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.ivir.nl

Katleen Janssen

KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Mariateresa Maggiolino

Bocconi University - Department of Legal Studies ( email )

Via Roentgen, 1
Milan, 20136
Italy

Ask Research Center ( email )

via Roentgen 1
Milan, 20136
Italy

Federico Morando

Nexa Center for Internet & Society ( email )

via Pier Carlo Boggio 65/A
Turin, TO 10100
Italy
+390110907217 (Phone)
+390110907216 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://nexa.polito.it

Cristiana Sappa

POLITO-Nexa ( email )

Italy

Paul L.C. Torremans

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Paul F. Uhlir

The National Academies - National Academy of Sciences (NAS) ( email )

500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Raimondo Iemma

Politecnico di Torino ( email )

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Torino, Torino 10129
Italy

Marc De Vries

Independent

No Address Available

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