Parsing the public domain
Version of Record online: 12 JUL 2005
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 56, Issue 11, pages 1130–1139, September 2005
How to Cite
Maxwell, T. A. (2005), Parsing the public domain. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 56: 1130–1139. doi: 10.1002/asi.20195
- Issue online: 5 AUG 2005
- Version of Record online: 12 JUL 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 JUL 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 22 JUN 2004
- Manuscript Received: 14 JAN 2004
This article explores the use of the term public domain in the American context and finds that the symbol is subject to multiple meanings. Using historical and content analysis, the analysis explores the various uses of the term and provides a preliminary taxonomy for subsequent analysis and theory building. In conclusion, it suggests that more coherent information policies regarding national and international information access, creativity, governance, and private property rights will require a better understanding and delineation of the use of public domain in legislative and common practice.