Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017 Views: 85
"The public domain is generally defined as consisting of works that are either ineligible for copyright protection or with expired copyrights. No permission whatsoever is needed to copy or use public domain works. Public domain works and information represent some of the most critical information that faculty members and students rely upon. Public domain works can serve as the foundation for new creative works and can be quoted extensively. They can also be copied and distributed to classes or digitized and placed on course Web pages without permission or paying royalties." Source: http://copyright.universityofcalifornia.edu/use/public-domain.html.
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