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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.
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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 vast majority of public domain software and shareware in circulation at the moment originates from the United States.
Sources of public domain software and shareware in the United Kingdom are similar to those in the United States-that is, computer user groups and bulletin boards.
A third source of public domain software and shareware is the increasing number of companies that have been set up to market such material (some deal in hardware arid commercial software, too).
Some distributors of public domain software and shareware have now built up good local or national reputaLions, and it is a good idea to tap a recommended source if possible.
Many of the larger public domain software and shareware supplier companies produce catalogs that devote a paragraph of description to each program.
Public domain software and shareware supplier companies also serve a useful purpose when it comes to registering shareware programs that have been produced outside the United Kingdom.

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