Public domain

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When a work is in the public domain, it is free for use by anyone for any purpose. Public domain is the purest form of open/free, since no one owns owns or controls the material in any way. For more information, see Wikipedia's entry on public domain:

When does a work enter the public domain?

This varies by country. To see when a work in the United States enters the public domain, see the public domain page on their copyright site: