‘Public domain’ software

Ray Templeton (Advisory Unit for Computer Based Education, Hatfield)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Publication date: 1 November 1983


‘Public Domain’, in its clearly defined legal sense, is a phrase which is used to describe an item, usually a book or a play, which is no longer copyright, i.e. when the author of the item has been dead for 50 years. It is perhaps peculiar, therefore, to see it used to describe computer software, as there cannot be many program writers who fall into this category.


Templeton, R. (1983), "‘Public domain’ software", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 35 No. 11, pp. 440-443. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb050908

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