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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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Earlier we saw that Patricia Samuelson wrongly subsumed a privately created commons within the public domain, and similarly others wrongly subsume public property within the public domain.
The main categories of the material public domain were already well known to Roman law, which catalogued res nullius and res communes among the nonexclusive forms of property.
all public domain works is likely overly ambitious, but the value of
outlining the circumstances when public domain status increases net
In her article "Mapping the Public Domain: Threats and Opportunities," Pamela Samuelson writes that "digital information and digital networks have made the public domain more vibrant and robust, and if various digital commons initiatives attain their goals, the public domain may flourish as never before" (scholarship.
Global digital networks mean that scientists from around the world can share data sets and conduct experiments, leading to discoveries that will contribute to further growth of the public domain.
CD Sheet Music is another example of how technology is making public domain resources more widely available.
Accordingly, products combining extracts from the public domain materials in a new arrangement infringe the copyright in the corresponding film.
The natural public domain is the one made through a natural act, while the authority of the public administration is left with the obligation to determine its existence.
The public domain is not a "category of constitutional significance," Ginsburg wrote.
I contend that one reason why all these valuable critical IP projects continue to talk past each other is because they hold different conceptions of the public domain.