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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
New Delhi [India], August 4 ( ANI ): Guidance notes on GST will be released in public domain soon.
Finally, in the case of the public domain there is no common ownership because there is no owner at all of these resources.
Olivier Ertzscheid, a lecturer at the University of Nantes in Nantes, France, a self-proclaimed activist on public domain law, (http://gawker.
information in the public domain, such as global positioning data.
The importance of the public domain cannot be underestimated.
The earlier stories are in the public domain, but the later tales are still protected by American copyright law for a few more years.
The public domain remains open at an expensive price which is liberties.
Additionally, the public domain refers to works whose intellectual property rights have expired, been forfeited, or are inapplicable.
Those features appeared in the classic film versions--MGM's 1939 "The Wizard of Oz," U's 1931 "Frankenstein" and Disney's 1937 "Snow White"--but not in the public domain literary works by L.
The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data provides GIS users with detailed information about the sources and quality of spatial data available in the public domain and covers everything from copyright and cloud computing to international data.