Originally Posted by Neil G
The problem is that the statement in the petition
"Currently Her Majesty's Government is requiring payment by any who wish to use and publish this data."
is wrong, you don't, I know, I'm a publisher! Last year the rules changed so there is now no fee to pay within certain limits and anyway as others have said it was only ever commercial publishers who had to pay. Clubs etc could get dispensation. Anyway, the fees were tiny compared to any of the other publishing costs.
Not sure what the fuss is all about really as others have said a tide table isn't that expensive - and many wll be pleased to know its not a VAT able item!
Agreed about the cost of tide tables.
But I object to information that has been gathered at the taxpayers expense and which used to be freely available for the asking, now being charged for. Stuff like basic info on companies and their directors, who owns what land, electoral rolls, etc.
The excuse that it's a 'handling' fee is poppycock. It costs them nothing for me to search their databases via the net - and anyway I've already helped to pay for the info. Information that is 'freely available' should be just that, available free, not charged for at all.