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Copyright Information

What is Public Domain?

Public Domain is exactly what it sounds like, works that are available and open to be used by the public without having to gain permission first. Materials in the public domain are materials that once were protected by copyright, but the copyright has now expired.  There are also types of works that are always in the Public Domain because they are considered to be Non-Copyrightable.

Non-copyrightable works are public domain!

  • Ideas
  • Procedures
  • Processes
  • Systems
  • Concepts
  • Titles, short phrases, names, common symbols or designs, slight variations of type styles, lettering, or coloring, or lists of ingredients
  • Works containing only nonprotected material with no original authorship, such as lists of common facts, charts or a plain calendar