Copyright Policy

This policy sets out what you can and cannot do with data and information from the FT Confidential Research database available at (the Database). Thank you for reading this policy; our ability to invest in the high quality intelligence available through the Database depends on our users complying with this policy. We reserve the right to change this policy from time to time by publishing an updated policy on the Database, which shall become effective and replace any previous policy with effect from publication. This version of the policy was published on 24th October 2016.

All of the data and information available through the Database is protected by database rights and/or copyright and should only be used as set out in this policy. Use that is made without our permission may therefore infringe our intellectual property rights which can result in personal and corporate liability. Where we state below that something is not allowed or permitted, then to do so is a breach of the conditions of access to the Database, i.e. is potentially a breach of contract, and may also violate database and/or copyright laws.

You must not share with any third party (including other colleagues) any “PIN”, “ID”,username, password or similar code (if applicable) that you are provided with to facilitate access to the Database.

What is permitted use of the Database?
For the purposes of this policy references to "Search Results" shall mean the search results obtained through your use of the Database for research purposes and "Extract" shall mean any data or information derived from the Database whether in a table, chart, or graph form or in the form of a verbatim description of Database survey results in each case strictly limited to data or information comprising the aggregated responses to no more than 5 (five) survey questions. Subject to the foregoing, Extracts may either be reproduced directly from Search Results or, if your (or your organisation's) subscription permits, access to underlying "raw" data, generated by you.

You may access the Database and may:

  • print one or more hard copies of the Search Results provided that such copies may not be sold or distributed (a) to any third party or (b) if you have access under a corporate subscription (a Corporate User), externally outside of your organisation;
  • download Search Results solely for internal use and not for resale, distribution or access (a) to or by any third party or (b) in the case of Corporate Users to or by any party other than your organisation’s other Corporate Users, provided that you, and in the case of a Corporate User, the organisation, shall not at one time store more than 20% of the contents of the Database;
  • make reference to the Database as a source when making statements to the press; and
  • use the Database for other purposes only with FT’s prior written approval.

In the case of Corporate Users, you may include Extracts in reports produced by your organisation for internal redistribution within their organisation and external redistribution to third parties provided that:

  • Extracts shall constitute no more than 10% of the entire contents of each report;
  • neither you nor your organisation shall receive any payment for such reports whether directly or indirectly;
  • no Extracts shall be included in any report published on a third party website or publication (whether printed, digital or otherwise), without FT's prior written approval;
  • Neither you nor your organisation shall permit the redistribution of such reports by third parties or by recipients within your organisation;
  • Extracts may only be created or redistributed on a nonsystematic and infrequent basis;
  • you must not use or create Extracts that promote or endorse any product or service; and
  • if we notify you that we believe you are creating, republishing or redistributing Extracts outside of these parameters: (a) you will immediately cease doing so, and (b) we reserve the right to withdraw any permission to create Extracts.

You must ensure that:

  • you use all reasonable care and skill in the creation of any Extracts; and
  • persons to whom Extracts are made available are made aware that Extracts may not be copied, redistributed or modified in any way. The following wording shall appear immediately below each publication of an Extract: “Source: FT Confidential Research Database, a service from The Financial Times Limited, ©[Year]. All Rights Reserved.” including a hyperlink to the FT Confidential Research Database website at

What am I not permitted to do?

You must not:

  • except as expressly permitted by this policy, copy, cut and paste, reproduce, broadcast, transmit, modify, adapt, translate, edit, abstract, create derivative works of, summarise, store, archive, aggregate, publicly display, redistribute, syndicate, share, license, sublicense, publish, sell,grant or purport to grant any rights in or otherwise make available any Extracts, Database or any part thereof or in any way commercially exploit any of same. In particular you should not forward the Database or any data or information obtained from the Database to any individual or other third party by email or otherwise (except as permitted by this policy) nor should you publish any such content on a website, intranet, extranet, email service or in any other electronic or hard copy product or service; or
  • remove the copyright or trademark notices from the Database or any copies of content available through the Database permitted to be made as above; or
  • frame, harvest or scrape content available through the Database or otherwise access such content for similar purposes; or
  • use any content from the Database in a manner prejudicial to the reputation or interests of FT or otherwise render it defamatory, inaccurate or illegal; or
  • state or imply at any time that FT promotes or endorses any specific regional investment, third party products or services; or
  • distort or misrepresent the substance of the Database or any part thereof.

In the case of unauthorised use of the Database, FT reserves the right to deny access to the Database to any user, including by blocking without prior notification the IP address(es) of the user which are used to access the Database.

I need to use the Database outside of what is permitted under this policy, what can I do? Please contact us at to discuss whether it will be possible for you or your organisation to purchase an appropriate licence from us to cover such use.

I have some questions about your policy, who should I contact? Please email us at