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Public Domain

Published 01.01.06 at 09:30

Once copyright has expired in a work it is theoretically in the public domain and available for anyone to use, regardless of copyright. However, practices of restricting access can render the concept impractical; cf Sistine Chapel.

The Glossary of IP Terms was prepared by Sarah Andrew of Arts Council England.

Photo credit: Xurble


Please note that this article discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.


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