Copyright for the Fine & Performing Arts: Determining Copyright & Public Domain
What is "Public Domain"?
"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." -- Copyright.gov
Public Domain Resources
The following resources point toward arts-related works that may be in the public domain. Always use the Public Domain Calculators to make your own determination that a work is in the public domain.
Public Domain Calculators
Use these tools to help determine if a work is in the public domain.