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Copyright, Fair Use, & Author Rights: Public Domain

Is it in the Public Domain?

Works fall under the public domain through:

  • expiration of copyright: the copyright has expired.
  • failure to renew copyright: the owner failed to follow copyright renewal rules.
  • dedication: the owner deliberately places it in the public domain.
  • no copyright protection available: copyright law does not protect this type of work.

No Known Copyright Restrictions

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Public Domain Resources

The Public Domain Review - a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online. 

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the U.S. - a helpful chart from Cornell University Library