Definition 2021


public domain



public domain (uncountable)

  1. The realm of intellectual property which is not protected by patents or copyright, i.e. over which no person or other legal entity can establish a proprietary interest.
    This book is in the public domain.
    There is very little information about the treaty which is in the public domain.
  2. Open land such as unowned prairie in the western and southwestern United States; space not subject to a land patent.