Public Domain

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What is Public Domain?

Public domain means that something is owner by the public. No individual or corporation owns the copyright in the material, so no one needs to be asked to use the material. As a member of the public, you are as free to use the material.

What Qualifies as Public Domain?

The law says there are four ways a property can become public domain:

Should I Contact an Intellectual Property Attorney?

If you are attempting to use material, and are uncertain as to its status as public domain, the advice of an intellectual property attorney can be extremely helpful. By finding an attorney who specializes in the complex field of copyright law, their counsel may prove beneficial in the copyright process.

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Last Modified: 12-22-2011 04:00 PM PST

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