public domain
noun Date: 1832 1. land owned directly by the government 2. the realm embracing property rights that belong to the community at large, are unprotected by copyright or patent, and are subject to appropriation by anyone

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  • public domain — public do·main / dō mān/ n 1: land owned directly by the government 2: the realm or status of property rights that belong to the community at large, are unprotected by copyright or patent, and are subject to appropriation by anyone Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • Public domain — Domain Do*main , n. [F. domaine, OF. demaine, L. dominium, property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, owner. See {Dame}, and cf {Demesne}, {Dungeon}.] 1. Dominion; empire; authority. [1913 Webster] 2. The territory over which dominion or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Public Domain —   [Abk. PD, dt. »öffentlicher Bereich«], im angelsächsischen Urheberrecht Bezeichnung für Werke, Produkte oder Verfahren, an denen keine Eigentumsrechte mehr bestehen. Dies ist der Fall, wenn Patente oder Urheberrechte erloschen sind, nicht… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • public domain — public do main1 noun in the public domain if something such as information is in the public domain, people in general know about it because it is not secret 2. ) something such as a book, play, or piece of software that is in the public domain… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • public domain — public do main n [singular] law something that is in the public domain is available for anyone to have or use ▪ The information is not currently in the public domain . ▪ Public domain software is sometimes called shareware …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • public domain — ➔ domain …   Financial and business terms

  • public-domain — public domainˈ adjective (computing) Available to the general public free of charge • • • Main Entry: ↑public …   Useful english dictionary

  • public domain — ☆ public domain n. 1. public lands 2. the condition of being free from copyright or patent and, hence, open to use by anyone …   English World dictionary

  • public domain — public domain, adj. Law. 1. the status of a literary work or an invention whose copyright or patent has expired or that never had such protection. 2. land owned by the government. [1825 35, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Public domain — This article is about public ownership of creative works. For use in relationship to public lands, see Public domain (land). For how the public domain applies to Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Public domain. Intellectual property law …   Wikipedia

  • Public-Domain — Inoffizielles Logo, welches gemeinfreies Material kennzeichnet Die Gemeinfreiheit bezeichnet alle Werke, welche keinem Urheberrecht mehr unterliegen oder ihm nie unterlegen haben. Das im angloamerikanischen Raum anzutreffende Public Domain ist… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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