Definition of Public domain

1. Noun. Property rights that are held by the public at large.

Generic synonyms: Property Right

Definition of Public domain

1. Noun. The feature of intellectual property being not protected under patent or copyright, i.e. no person or other legal entity can establish proprietary interests. ¹

2. Noun. Open land such as unowned prairie in the western and southwestern United States. Space not subject to a land patent. ¹

3. Noun. Information about a subject which is accessible to anyone ¹

4. Adjective. Not subject to any copyright or patent restrictions. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Public Domain

public-service corporation
public access
public access television
public address system
public authorities
public authority
public charity
public comment
public comments
public convenience
public debate
public debt
public defender
public discussion
public domain (current term)
public enemies
public enemy
public executioner
public exposure
public eye
public figure
public figures
public finance
public good
public health
public holiday
public holidays
public house

Literary usage of Public domain

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"Here the distinction is clearly marked between the eminent domain and the public domain, or domain of the slate ; and for the rights of the latter, ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
"1437), Congress recognized, as respecta the public domain, "во far as the United States are concerned, the validity of the local customs, laws, ..."

3. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1869)
"THE public domain. The public domain of the United States has embraced an area ... the aggregate amount of such claims segregated from the public domain, ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1903)
"... entry did not restore it to the public domain so as to bring it under the operation of previous legislation which applied to land then public. ..."

5. Dutch Village Communities on the Hudson River by Irving Elting (1886)
"This material advance and prosperity will be due to the public domain and ... The importance of the public domain, however, seems to have been rarely and ..."

6. The World's Best Orations: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time by David Josiah Brewer, Edward Archibald Allen, William Schuyler (1899)
"He retired from Congress to become Governor of Georgia in 1883, and died March 4th of that year THE SOUTH AND THE public domain (From a Speech in the House ..."

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