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Copyright and Music: Public Domain

Public Domain

What is "public domain?"

Works that fall into public domain can be used without obtaining permission because they are no longer protected by intellectual property laws (copyright, trademark, or patent laws).

Creative Commons

Creative Commons supports open access and their Mission Statement reads as follows:

Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

You can use the CC search tool to help you identify materials licensed under Creative Commons and those in the public domain:

     CC Search

Information about Public Domain

From Stanford University: ABSOLUTELY FREE! MUSIC, TEXT, AND ART!! COPY ALL YOU WANT!!

Public Domain Information Project includes information about music copyright and public domain and has lists of public domain sheet music: PD Info

"Is this material still under copyright?" Check here: Digital Copyright Slider

From Europeana: Public Domain Calculator

Links to Public Domain Music Sites

UK Research Guide

     Music Scores Online

International Music Score Library Project

      IMSLP

Subject Guide

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