U.S. Government Works

U.S. Government works are automatically in the public domain.

However, under some circumstance, what might appear to be a public domain government work may not be. Examples include:

  • Published works honored by Congress by being read into the Congressional Record are still copyrighted.

  • An author may assign their copyright to the U.S. government, in which case the government does become the copyright owner.

  • Copyright material appearing on U.S. government websites without permission of the copyright owners is still copyrighted. Such use would be an infringement of copyright.

Updated Sunday, 11. October 2009, 14:24
by Michael Goad (

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