Scope Of Public Domain Information Through The Internet

“Public domain information” is information that is lawfully available for public use, free of charge, and is not protected by the intellectual property laws of the United States of America or any other country. It includes works and/or other information such as music, invention, artwork, writing, movies, photographs and technology. Governments’ websites and some non-profit organizations offer public domain sites as well. Indeed, many people are using the Internet to contribute to the public domain, or make works in the public domain more accessible to the community. Public domain sites or public domain materials can be copied or used by thousands or even millions of user without any immediate cost. This summary addresses the issue of public domain content under the United States legislation, which will have the same treatment if displayed on the internet. Several questions and answers are provided as the starting point of this discussion.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Are web searches public domain information?
What works and/or information fall into public domain and are not eligible for copyright protection?
Is restoration of foreign works permitted in the United States?
What does the United States copyright act protect?
Can Internet information be called the public domain?

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