Public domain

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The public domain is a precious resource, something so wide and vast that it is marginalized and ignored even by groups devoted to sharing and 'freeing' culture from proprietary schemes of intellectual property.

There are no good search engines for finding just public domain materials; and no canonical ways of labelling something as being confirmedly in the public domain (though creative commons is working on the latter, with their new "cc-zero" project).

Some [meta]collections of public domain resources: