Definition of public domain in English:

public domain

Syllabification: pub·lic do·main


  • The state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright: the photograph had been in the public domain for 15 years [as modifier]: public-domain software
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    • The idea is to turn what was previously public domain into private domain, at a symbolic level.
    • Regardless of Crown ownership and public domain, the Government has the right to regulate and the sovereignty of Parliament is assured.
    • Once you've sent me your design, it becomes public domain - owned by nobody and freely available to all.

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