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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 makers of the current "Hotel Transylvania" were dealing with characters in the public domain, even though most folk's image of Frankenstein and Dracula is based upon U's movies in the 1930s (see separate story).
The artificial public domain, in the case of this domain, the good is incorporated based on a legal act of damage, act which has been previously issued by the holder of the public domain, more precisely by the administration.
The artificial goods that are the object of the public domain are the ones created by human intervention, such as: railway stations, telecommunication networks, seaports and river ports, etc.
But again what is taken out of the public domain is one person's use for free of another person's expression and not one's use of another's ideas, opinions, facts .
21) Theorizing about the public domain focuses around developing a conceptual analytic for understanding the relationship between modes of scientific/cultural production and intellectual property law.
The reason why open source software is not simply donated to the public domain by the creators is that it would then be possible for someone else subsequently to take it out of the public domain by claiming intellectual property rights in it.
8) but disentangling the public domain inspiration to those
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Therefore, those later changes to the character would be protected even after its initial appearances fell into the public domain.
Online public domain resources for vocal repertoire fall into two distinct categories: those that are free and those for which a fee is charged for access to scores.