Oxford University Press was responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for the bulk of the material included in the BNC, in collaboration with Longmans. Early on in the Project a standard procedure was decided upon, in consultation with the Society of Authors, the Publishers Association and other interested parties.
- the rights owners agreed to allow their material to be included free of licensing charges
- the project agreed that the corpus itself would not be exploited commercially
- the project agreed that copies of the corpus would only be made available under the terms of a standard licence agreement
- the project agreed that no text would be included in the corpus in its entirety