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Copyright Fundamentals: Public Domain

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Public Domain

Works in the Public Domain are not protected under copyright law and may be freely used by anyone!

Generally these include works published before 1923; those whose copyright terms have expired; or anything published by the U.S. federal government. Copyright terms vary depending upon the life of the author and whether or not the author is a corporation.

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Copyright and the Public Domain
By Peter B. Hirtle

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The Public Domain
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