Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: articles in the public domain ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: articles in the public domain
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: zenotopic-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 21 Aug 2006 09:25 PDT
Expires: 20 Sep 2006 09:25 PDT
Question ID: 758095
Sites such as US gov sites have articles in the public domain.  When
using these articles in eg e-books, do I have to include the
attribution or can I just use the text?
Subject: Re: articles in the public domain
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 21 Aug 2006 09:37 PDT
Hello zenotopic~

In most cases, publications produced by the U.S. Federal government
are in the public domain. However, this isn't *always* the case, so
you'll need to search for copyright notices in whatever individual
publications you want to use. If you can't find any reference to
copyright, you can't assume that the publication is in the public
domain. You'll need to  write directly to whatever branch has
published the material, requesting permission to reprint, and
explaining whether or not the eBook you have in mind will be sold for

This advice is backed up by The Federal Citizen Information Center,
which distributes a wide variety of government literature:

Kind regards,

Researcher's personal knowledge
Searching .gov sites
There are no comments at this time.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy