The term public domain encompasses works that are no longer under the protection of copyright. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner. There are four common ways materials enter the public domain:
The following resources can help you understand copyright term laws, determine if a work is in the public domain, and find interesting information on materials in the public domain:
The following resources can help you explore materials in the public domain:
Many famous books, films, and other materials are in the public domain. Here are a few books found in FDU Libraries' Catalog:
Disclaimer: The information presented in this guide is intended for information purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice.