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public domain

n.
1. Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government.
2. The condition of not being protected by a patent or copyright and therefore being available to the public for use without charge.

public domain

n
1. (Law) US lands owned by a state or by the federal government
2. (Law) the status of a published work or invention upon which the copyright or patent has expired or which has not been patented or subject to copyright. It may thus be freely used by the public
3. (Law) in the public domain able to be discussed and examined freely by the general public

pub′lic domain′


n.
1. the legal status of a work or invention whose copyright or patent has expired, or for which there never was such protection.
[1825–35, Amer.]
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Noun1.public domain - property rights that are held by the public at large
property right - the legal right of ownership
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In those branches of administration which the king did not himself direct, such for instance as the "fermes" (the public domains throughout the country on which a revenue was levied), the clerks were to their superior what the clerks of a business-house are to their employer; they learned a science which would one day advance them to prosperity.
fliCharge stated that it had become aware from third-party sources that the self-named "Open Dots Alliance", which states in its website that it was founded by JVIS-USA, has stated incorrectly in its website that "fliCharge released the patents to the public domain.
The public domain remains open at an expensive price which is liberties.
In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress did not violate the First Amendment by taking works in the public domain and placing them under copyright protection.
When truth comes into the public domain it brings its own pressure.
The public domain maps were moved to a normal JP2 folder.
An exception is that if the image was published between 1923 and December 31, 1963 (when there was not an automatic renewal), the image may be in the public domain if the copyright was not renewed.
The more it is in the public domain, the more the conversation will be fuelled and fired and it is unfortunate that there are too many incidents getting headlines off the pitch when what we want are more headlines on the pitch.
SUBJECT: Release of Purchase Card Data to the Public Domain
He visited or peered through the barriers surrounding signal intelligence installations, talked with knowledgeable persons, and read widely in the public domain to form quite a complete picture of a little-understood worldwide operation.
Responding to the high cost of defending fair use, and in the context of a shrinking public domain, a number of commentators have proposed the establishment of some form of compulsory licensing for works of visual art.