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Copyright web sites: Checking Copyright Status

What is the public domain?

The public domain is not a place. A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner. (U.S. Copyright Office)

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Webster University information:

See the Webster University page on Copyright and Fair Use Policies for more information.

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