Public Domain Work

A public domain work is one for whom copyright protections do not apply, and can therefore be used by anyone and for any purpose without any license or agreement required. Many works commissioned by the government are in the public domain, and other works enter the public domain when their copyrights expire. Many traditional folk songs and hymns like "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" and "We Shall Overcome," and all pre-modern classical works, are in the public domain. 

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