Public Domain

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Creative materials referred to as “public domain” are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission. Public domain works are freely available to the public as a whole and no one can ever own them.

A creative work becomes a public domain work if exclusive intellectual property rights to it have expired, have been forfeited, have been expressly waived, or are inapplicable.

Sometimes a work may be considered “in the public domain” of one jurisdiction, but not in another.


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External links

  • Wikipedia : Public Domain Retrieved in July 11th, 2017
  • Internet Archive : A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Retrieved in July 11th, 2017
  • Project Gutenberg : A free ebooks library. Retrieved in July 11th, 2017

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