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Discovery Seminar – Elion – Fall 2020

A guide for students in the Sounding Out the City Discovery Seminar.

What is public domain?

 quotesThe term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. 

How do works fall into the public domain?

    • Copyright typically expires 70 years after the death of its author
    • The copyright owner failed to follow copyright renewal rules
    • It was placed in the public domain deliberately by the copyright owner (also called ”dedication”)
    • Copyright law does not protect this type of work. quotes

Stim, R. (n.d.). Welcome to the Public Domain. Retrieved from (CC BY-NC 3.0)

Public domain video transcript [PDF]

Source: U.S. Copyright Office. [U.S. Copyright Office]. (2019, December 18). What is Public Domain? [Video]. YouTube.

What are Creative Commons Licenses?

Creative Commons video transcript [PDF]

Source: University of Guelph Library. [U of G Library]. (2018, September 21). What are Creative Commons Licenses [Video]. YouTube. (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Four Creative Commons license elements

BY – Credit must be given to the creator
NC – Only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted
SA – Adaptations must be shared under the same terms [share alike]
ND – No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted

Creative Commons. (n.d.). About CC Licenses. Creative Commons. (CC BY 4.0)