Definitions for public domain
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the legal status of a work or invention whose copyright or patent has expired, or for which there never was such protection.
Category: Law, Government
Ref: public land.
Origin of public domain:
property rights that are held by the public at large
The feature of intellectual property being not protected under patent or copyright, i.e. no person or other legal entity can establish proprietary interests.
Open land such as unowned prairie in the western and southwestern United States. Space not subject to a land patent.
Information about a subject which is accessible to anyone
Not subject to any copyright or patent restrictions.
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