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What does it mean when a work is in the public domain?

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017  |  31 Views
 
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According to United States Copyright Law, a work is protected by copyright for a certain amount of time before it falls into the Public Domain and can be used freely, that is, without permission from its creator. 

It can be tricky to tell when a work becomes public domain, as the time period depends on the type of work.  Click on the link below to see a  chart created by Peter B. Hirtle at the Cornell Copyright Information Center.  There is also a Copyright LibGuide available from the JCC Libraries (link below).

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