What are works “in the Public Domain”?

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Public Domain Work Copyright Law Intellectual Property

What are works “in the Public Domain”?

The “Public Domain” refers to created material which either by law does not get copyright protection or their protection under the law has lapsed. By definition, materials in the public domain do not have copyright protections and thus you do not need the owner’s permission to use these materials.

Contrary to the wording, however, whether materials are public has no relationship to whether they fall into the Public Domain. This mistaken notion has somehow led many to believe that everything on the Internet is public and therefore in the Public Domain and thus freely usable without permission. This is completely false.

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