Public domain

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A term denoting that an item is not protected under intellectual property laws and so is free for all to use. A work is most commonly said to be in the public domain when its copyright has expired. Users may still be under some constraints. For example, they may not misrepresent the work (e.g., claim it is recent when it is old) or its authorship, or use it in breach of confidence.

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