Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Sep 20, 2016     Views: 522

“Public domain” refers to materials that are not protected by copyright and can, therefore, be used freely. Material in this category includes:

  1. Works with expired copyright (generally speaking, items published before 1923 are in the public domain);
  2. Works not copyrightable or protected by copyright;
  3. Works produced by a federal government employee in the course of his or her job;
  4. Works clearly denoted to be in the public domain.

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