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Copyright - UMA & OCLS: Public Domain

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Public Domain: A short explanation

A public domain work is a creative work that is not protected by copyright and
which may be freely used by everyone. The reasons that the work is not protected include:

  • the term of copyright for the work has expired
  • the author failed to satisfy statutory formalities to perfect the copyright
  • the work is a work of the U.S. Government