Works in the public domain have expired, forfeited, or inapplicable intellectual property rights. This includes books published prior to 1923, works published by the U.S. Federal Government, or other items placed in the public domain by the copyright holder. There are exceptions to this rule, primarily considering orphan works, perpetual copyright and works created by government contractors, but the public domain offers a wealth of history and resources.
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