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Public domain

1. public domainThe term public domain in general refers to the free use of the work or object without any restrictions. This may be because of the lack of a Copyright or because the work is no longer owned.

2. When referring to software, public domain is software can be freely distributed and used, because a company has released it as so or because it's out business. Public domain software may or may not carry a Copyright.

Also see: Copyright, Freeware, Open source software, Software, Software terms