public domain

noun

Definition of public domain

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

Examples of public domain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The suit also claims that Nirvana has alternately implied that Kurt Cobain created the illustration, or that it’s in the public domain in the United States, and thus usable without obtaining proper authorization or paying a licensing fee. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2021 Their offenses include sharing screenshots of the woman’s post in the public domain after removing watermarks that bore their IDs, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing an internal matter. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Mount Graham was one of the first parcels to be placed in the public domain. AZCentral.com, 20 Aug. 2021 This gave the Obama White House the political room to bring secret talks with the regime into the public domain — and press forward with what would become the Iran nuclear deal. Richard Goldberg, National Review, 3 Aug. 2021 The counterclaim sought to invalidate Nike’s trademark for the shoe and move the trademark for the Air Force 1 into the public domain. Ann Gehan, Dallas News, 11 July 2021 In addition to the original works by Arthur Conan Doyle, many other authors have written additional stories since the character of Sherlock Holmes passed into the public domain. David John Marotta, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The unexplained sightings have been occurring for nearly two decades, and some video footage of pilots’ encounters with them—as well as the pilots’ reactions—has leaked into the public domain. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, 4 June 2021 As Claire Selvin reports for ARTNews, this program allows families to pay off some or all of their inheritance taxes by transferring heritage objects into the public domain. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of public domain

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of public domain was in 1819

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14 Sep 2021

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“Public domain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20domain. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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public domain

noun
public do·​main | \ -dō-ˈmān \

Legal Definition of public domain

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

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