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Is it legal to publish music charts (like UK Top 40,World singles chart) in my website
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Post by AndyJ »

Not without pemission from whoever compiles the charts. These charts qualify as "literary works" alongside databases* and computer programs (which don't immediately come to mind when you think of literature!). So they have copyright protection.
Here is an extract from the Official UK Chart Company's Terms and Conditions:

"Intellectual Property

4. All copyright, trade marks, design rights, patents, database rights and other intellectual property rights (registered and unregistered) in and on the Website and all content (including all applications) located on the Website shall remain vested in OCC or its licensors (which includes other users). You may not copy, reproduce, republish, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer, download, post, broadcast, transmit, make available to the public, or otherwise use Website content in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use. You also agree not to adapt, alter or create a derivative work from any Website content except for your own personal, non-commercial use. Any other use of Website content requires the prior written permission of OCC."
(my emphasis on the last sentence).

*Edit: This is something of an over-simplification. Databases can have copyright, assuming they meet certain criteria (see the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 for details) but they are not always also literary works. It depends on the form of the actual data in the database. A recent ruling in the High Court found that lists of footbal fixtures produced by the English and Scottish leagues were protected by copyright as databases.
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