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Public Domain

Land that is owned by the United States. In Copyright law, literary or creative works over which the creator no longer has an exclusive right to restrict, or receive a royalty for, their reproduction or use but which can be freely copied by the public.

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Public Lands.

public domain

n. 1) in copyright law, the right of anyone to use literature, music or other previously copyrighted materials, after the copyright period has expired. Although the copyright laws have changed several times, a rule of thumb would be that the last possible date for copyright protection would be 50 years after the death of the author. Thus, the works of William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Jack London, and other classic writers are in the public domain and may be published by anyone without payment of a royalty. 2) all lands and waters owned by federal, state and local governments. (See: copyright)

public domain

noun available for use by the public, creative work freely usable, dominion to use, free to all, freely used by the community, invention freely usable, logo freely usable, not private, open for the community, permitted, publicly accessible, publicly obtainable, publicly usable, unreserved, unrestricted, within the province of the public
Associated concepts: patents, promietary rights

public domain

1 (US) land owned by the government.
2 property rights not attached by anyone. In the UK so far as heritable or real property is concerned, almost anything that is not owned by someone is owned by the Crown or inherited by the Crown. The main practical use of the phrase in contemporary.
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The public domain is not a "category of constitutional significance," Ginsburg wrote.
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A variety of land management and other environmental laws provide the statutory framework for timber sales on BLM public domain land.
The Bush administration, eager to restrain politically dangerous discussion of prior knowledge of the 9-11 attacks, is trying to pull off the quasi-Stalinist feat of "classifying" inconvenient facts already in the public domain.
The first chapter summarizes the origins of the public domain and the federal land management agencies, followed by four chapters that chronicle the decline of public land and water resources.
Had the extension been thrown out, the original Mickey Mouse, which debuted in the 1928 animated film ``Steamboat Willie,'' would have passed into the public domain on Jan.
Use the results of this assessment to design and implement security measures in six concentric zones, from the interior of the building outward to the public domain.
The document has now been found and has been in the public domain all along.
The initiative is intended to bring together public and private researchers to coordinate research efforts, avoid duplication and ensure the timely delivery of a finished rice genome sequence in a public domain, such as GenBank.
Noting that these images of the boy and the other concentration camp prisoners are "in the public domain," she begins to investigate her own reasons for making images, and pushes herself to ponder more deeply the tangled processes of how individuals and cultures remember.
Although the source code for f90gl has been placed in the public domain, many compiler vendors have found that their customers prefer the convenience of precompiled libraries.