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Copyright and Plagiarism: Public Domain

Information for authors, researchers, and faculty looking to publish scholarly works and join the scholarly communication community.

Public Domain

A product in the public domain can be shared without restriction. Works in the public domain include:

  • Most work produced by the United States Government
  • Works that have an expired copyright (i.e. 70 years after the creator's death)
  • Works created for the public domain (the creator gives others free reign to reuse or mix content using a Creative Commons license or puts it in the public domain)
  • An idea expressed in a work or a common fact

Most work produced by the United States government

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Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management

Works that have an expired copyright

Pride and Prejudice

Works created for the public domain

Philosoraptor   

An idea expressed in a work or common facts

 

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