Royal Mail Accuses Developer Of Copying Postcode Database

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Royal Mail Accuses Developer Of Copying Postcode Database

Royal Mail has launched a legal accusation against Lee Smith, a software developer, claiming he copied their extensive postcode database to support his own venture, GetAddress. This accusation was formally made in a claim filed with the High Court on March 28.

The case centers on the alleged unauthorized use of the Postcode Address File, a crucial dataset used by Royal Mail for efficient delivery services across the UK. Royal Mail claims that Smith, through his company Codeberry Ltd., extracted significant parts of this database without permission, effectively breaching Royal Mail’s copyright.

Royal Mail Accuses Developer Of Copying Postcode Database: Background of the Dispute

Royal Mail maintains that its postcode address file is fundamental for businesses, which can access and utilize this data under strict licensing terms. However, they allege that Smith, who founded GetAddress in 2014, sidestepped these regulations by acquiring the data through a licensee, Ideal Postcodes, which has also pursued legal action against Smith and Codeberry for similar infringements.