Answered By: Paige Mann Last Updated: Oct 27, 2016 Views: 56
Public domain is a legal status used for works that are not protected under intellectual property (e.g. copyright, trademark, and patent) laws. As a result, these works may be freely used without limits or conditions. Works may enter the public domain directly or enter the public domain after its copyright has expired. As a general rule, works published before 1923 are in the public domain as are all United States federal government publications.