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Open Educational Resources Guide: Open Books and Music

Public Domain

When a work is not covered by copyright (because the copyright term has expired, the creator has released the work, or the work was never copyrighted) it is in the public domain. The public then holds the rights to the work. You can also look at this comprehensive chart with variables that affect copyright duration in the US.

Open Books (Public Domain Texts)

Open Music

These sites provide access to public domain or creative commons licensed music.

Open Sound Effects

These sites provide access to public domain or creative commons licensed sound effects.