Public Domain Mark 1.0

The public domain mark serves as a uniform symbol for the marking of public goods or services. In the context of creative goods, there is a consensus in the case where a creation is not subject to any copyright restrictions. This is the case when a piece of creativity does not meet the requirements imposed by copyright on a protected work, for example because it is not sufficiently individual or can not be classified into a copyright category. There is also freedom of consensus when the protection period of a work has expired. This is usually done in copyright matters 70 years after the death of the author.

Non-public works may be exploited and utilized without the consent of the owner of the rights. For this reason, a considerable responsibility is associated with the identification of a creative product as a public domain. Therefore, before submitting a digital property with the public domain mark, we ask you to check with the utmost care whether the plant in question is actually protected by copyright.

The public domain brand is intended for creative goods for which there are no longer any intellectual property rights through time, or which have previously been explicitly released into the global public domain by their copyright owner. It should not be used if the creativity in question belongs to the public domain only under certain legal orders, ie is in the public domain, while in others it is still protected. At the moment, Creative Commons does not recommend using the public domain brand for creative goods with worldwide different copyright status. If in doubt, you should get legal advice if you are unsure whether to use the public domain for a particular creative asset.

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