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Public domain is one of the allowed ways to release content on Freedom Porn. Unlike all the other options, this one is technically not a licence, but a statement on the copyright status itself. Normal licences reserve the exclusive right to do with content as one wishes, but then grant specific freedoms to other people. On the other hand, work that is in public domain is not under copyright laws at all. Therefore there are no restrictions with using such work.

Although many people use the phrase "nobody has copyright", it is technically incorrect. "Copyright" is the exclusive right to copy, modify, and use such work that can be licenced. Work in public domain can be more correctly defined as one, where "everybody has the equal right to copy".

FAQ

Can i view public domain works without fear of violating copyright laws

Yes, you can. By definition.

Can i modify such works or produce composites with other stuff

As long as other stuff permits that, yes you can.

If i use a public domain work, do i have to make it public domain

While it would be nice if you do, there are no requirements... since the work is in public domain.

What if i combine work in public domain and one under another licence

Then terms of that licence can limit you in distribution of your combined piece.

Can i sell or otherwise make money off of public domain work

Yes you can. There are no restrictions on use.

Is it legal to release one's own work under public domain

There can be no penalty for not wanting to penalise others. But, of course, legal systems in different countries differ. In some countries claiming that your work in public domain doesn't actually place it in public domain. In the event that you live in such a country, you may consider CC-0, CC-pd, or WTFPL, all of which attempt to do the same thing.