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Q.What is in the “Public Domain”?

A.Works that are not copyrighted are considered to be in the "Public Domain" and anyone may freely use such works for any purpose." However, very few works created on or after 1978 are in the public domain because copyright protection automatically attaches when a work is created and the copyright notice is no longer required (although very helpful in the event there is infringement). Beware, even such things as email, bbs postings, email lists, and software retrieved from ftp sites should all be considered copyrighted works of the author.

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