The Public Domain

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Examples of public domain materials

Works on which the copyright has expired:
("Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", illustrated by Margaret Tarrant, published in 1915.)

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Works produced by the U.S. federal government:
detail from map
(such as USGS maps)