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Open Education Resources (OER): Public Domain


Works that are not protected by copyright are said to be in the Public Domain, and you are free to use them in any way you choose. That means no restrictions on copying and adapting, no need to seek permission, and no uncertainty about your rights as a user. There is also no legal requirement to attribute works in the Public Domain to their creators, although doing so is an important part of maintaining academic integrity.

In Canada, the copyright for a work usually expires 50 years after the death of the creator, at the end of the relevant calendar year.

UBC > Research Guides > Copyright Educational Resources > Public Domain Creative Commons License

Is the book in the Public Domain?

Public Domain Flowchart