Definition of public domain in English:

public domain

Pronunciation /ˈpəblɪk doʊˈmeɪn/


  • The state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.

    ‘the photograph had been in the public domain for 15 years’
    • ‘public-domain software’
    • ‘The idea is to turn what was previously public domain into private domain, at a symbolic level.’
    • ‘Regardless of Crown ownership and public domain, the Government has the right to regulate and the sovereignty of Parliament is assured.’
    • ‘Once you've sent me your design, it becomes public domain - owned by nobody and freely available to all.’
    • ‘I don't know all the jurisdiction issues and rights on a prisoner being kept in public domain like this, but I don't want to be stepping on toes.’
    • ‘The sense of smell is an exceptionally private one, for which there is no common public domain which can be codified.’
    • ‘Most research begins in government-funded studies; the findings of which become public domain.’
    • ‘Though the Spanish data are also public domain information, accessing the Spanish data has proven to be more of a challenge.’
    • ‘Information which has entered the public domain is not subject to confidentiality.’
    • ‘Women's power enacted in the public domain constitutes the subject of several chapters.’