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What is Public Domain

Public Domain refers to materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it." Stim (2000). Most works of the Federal government are automatically in the Public Domain. (Stim, R. (2000) Getting Permission: How to License and Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off.)

Public Domain Review

The Public Domain Review, founded in 2011, is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to promoting and celebrating the public domain in all its richness and variety.

Public Domain Resources