A public domain work is a creative work that is not protected by copyright and which may be freely used by everyone. The United States Copyright Office defines the Public domain as: "The public domain is not a place. A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner."
Many believe all information published or sponsored by the U.S. Government or available from a U.S. government source, such as a government website, is in the public domain.
However, many documents and websites produced by and for the US Government may contain copyrighted information.
The user is responsible for determining whether or not a work is in the public domain.
However, the lack of clear, consistent, and prominent copyright statements on government websites and the fact that most information produced by and for the Government is not marked upon creation with its copyright status makes it difficult for users to determine their right to use information on government websites.
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