Where is the public domain?


By Andrew Hudson Published: August 14, 2012 Updated: October 24, 2013

Nowhere, it is the absence of copyright.

“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.”
U.S. Copyright Office

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Reply by Visual Artist

February 13, 2014

So scenario time? Let’s say I’m a visual artist, I see a photograph liscensed under the public domain. Am I allowed to paint the photograph for personal work? I’m just a little curious on how this works.


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

March 20, 2014

PHOTOGRAPH IN PUBLIC DOMAIN

Hi,

Yes. If a photograph is in the public domain then you can do with it whatever you like, including painting it for personal work.

Andrew


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