Copyright Exceptions Title 17

US Congress

You Bought It You Own It?
If Your Taxes Paid For Something-How Can You Be
Double Taxed to Use Something You Already Own?
The Public Domain ABSOLUTELY FREE! MUSIC, TEXT, AND ART!! COPY ALL YOU WANT!! If you saw an advertisement like this, you might wonder, “What’s the catch?” When it comes to the public domain, there is no catch. If a book, song, movie, or artwork is in the public domain, then it is not protected by intellectual property laws (copyright, trademark, or patent laws)—which means it’s free for you to use without permission.

As a general rule, most works enter the public domain because of old age. This includes any work published in the United States before 1923 or works published before 1964 for which copyrights were not renewed. (Renewal was a requirement for works published before 1978.) A smaller group of works fell into the public domain because they were published without a copyright notice, which was necessary for works published in the United States before March 1, 1989. Some works are in the public domain because the owner has indicated a desire to give them to the public without copyright protection. As discussed throughout this chapter, the rules establishing the public domain status for each of these types of works are different.

Edicts of governmentMain article: edict of government The United States Copyright Office considers "edicts of government," such as judicial opinions, administrative rulings, legislative enactments, public ordinances, and similar official legal documents, not copyrightable for reasons of public policy. This applies to such works whether they are federal, state, or local as well as to those of foreign governments.

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Is It Wise to Sell the Public Domain
US Supreme Court 10% Ruling

In 1999 I took $22,000 from an inheritance and opened a small publishing company in Kerrville, Texas. Thousands of mail out advertisements to every concern in a 15 state area suggested even government is not interested in purchasing the public domain

The US Supreme Court ruled that if a copyrighted item is changed by as little as 10% is is an origional.

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1 Sale To City of Alhambra, California

US Supreme Court 10% Ruling
In 1999 I took $22,000 from an inheritance and opened a small publishing company in Kerrville, Texas. Thousands of mail out advertisements to every concern in a 15 state area suggested even government is not interested in purchasing the public domain