The Order extends the application of section 50 of the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988 to FOISA. Currently, that section only applies to the UK Freedom
of Information Act 2000. This means that authorities will not be breaching
copyright if they disclose information in which they do not own the copyright.
Recipients of the information, however, will only be able to reproduce that
information if it accords with the copyright requirements of the author.
In terms of the Data Protection Act, amendments are made to ensure that the provisions
of the DPA in its interaction with the FOIA mirror the FOISA, including extending "public authority" to "Scottish public authority".