What is Protected by Copyright?
Most creative work is protected by copyright:
- journal articles
- musical performances
What is NOT protected by Copyright?
Works not protected by copyright are in the public domain. That means they "belong" to everyone and may be reproduced by anyone for any purpose. Works in the public domain include works produced by the federal government -- reports, articles, maps, charts, photographs, etc.
How Do I Know if Something is Copyrighted?
Works created before March 1, 1989 must have a copyright notice (a symbol or a statement) in order to be protected by copyright. A copyright notice is not required on works produced after March 1, 1989. And that means you must assume anything created after that date IS copyrighted.
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This living hand, now warm and capable This poem is in the public domain.
This Living Hand
Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold
And in the icy silence of the tomb,
So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights
That thou wouldst wish thine own heart dry of blood
So in my veins red life might stream again,
And thou be conscience-calmed - see here it is -
I hold it towards you.
This living hand, now warm and capable
This poem is in the public domain.