Public Domain

When copyright protection expires, the work enters the public domain. This means anyone can freely use it without seeking permission or paying a fee. Since U. S. and international copyright laws defining the time period of copyright protection have been revised several times, it is often difficult to accurately determine when a specific item has entered the public domain. The following resources will assist in determining the copyright status of a work:



Review the Rules Before You Use.

Navigating trademarked and copyrighted materials can be tricky. That’s why we’ve created our Intellectual Property Guide, to help you cover your media use bases.

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