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Public Domain

The arena of any work that may not be owned by any individual. Any person may distribute or profit from a work in the public domain. For example, because William Shakespeare has been dead for several centuries, anyone may publish and sell copies of his plays without permission from anyone. How long it takes for a work to enter the public domain depends on the laws in force in the jurisdiction where the work originated.

public domain

(1) Land belonging to the government and not reserved for a specific use. (2) Things belonging to all persons to share, use, and enjoy, such as music and literature for which the copyrights have expired or ideas that are freely exchanged in the public domain.

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THE DISTURBING ASPECT OF THESE programs is that they can often be obtained through the same methods as public domain software - bulletin boards, data reproduction services, college computer science departments, and other users.
Public domain software, also known as shareware or freeware, should not be used unless obtained directly from the author for a fee.
com) a contract valued at nearly $600,000 to further develop an intelligent tutoring system (ITS), called EarthTutor, that will visually and interactively teach earth science to high school and college undergraduate students, using NASA satellite imagery and related NASA public domain software.
00 and also offers a free public domain software that runs under Microsoft Windows that puts graphical interface on your desktop.

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