public domain lands
Land or interest in land owned by the United States and administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the Bureau of Land Management. Compare: public domain
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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  • public domain — public do·main / dō mān/ n 1: land owned directly by the government 2: the realm or status of property rights that belong to the community at large, are unprotected by copyright or patent, and are subject to appropriation by anyone Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • Public domain — Domain Do*main , n. [F. domaine, OF. demaine, L. dominium, property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, owner. See {Dame}, and cf {Demesne}, {Dungeon}.] 1. Dominion; empire; authority. [1913 Webster] 2. The territory over which dominion or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Public domain (land) — Public domain is a term used to describe lands that were not under private or state ownership during the 18th and 19th centuries in the United States, as the country was expanding. These lands were obtained from the 13 original colonies, from… …   Wikipedia

  • public domain — ☆ public domain n. 1. public lands 2. the condition of being free from copyright or patent and, hence, open to use by anyone …   English World dictionary

  • public domain — public land; lands that belong to the government; creative works that are available for public use because they are not copyrighted or patented …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Public domain — This article is about public ownership of creative works. For use in relationship to public lands, see Public domain (land). For how the public domain applies to Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Public domain. Intellectual property law …   Wikipedia

  • public domain — Land and water in possession of and owned by the United States and the states individually, as distinguished from lands privately owned by individuals or corporations. See also public lands. Copyright law. Public ownership status of writings,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • public domain — The public lands of the United States or of a state. Barker v Harvey, 181 US 481, 490, 45 L Ed 963, 968, 21 S Ct 690; People v Shearer, 30 Cal 645, 658. Literary, musical, or dramatic compositions so dedicated to the public as not to be subject… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • in the public domain — Domain Do*main , n. [F. domaine, OF. demaine, L. dominium, property, right of ownership, fr. dominus master, owner. See {Dame}, and cf {Demesne}, {Dungeon}.] 1. Dominion; empire; authority. [1913 Webster] 2. The territory over which dominion or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • domain — I (land owned) noun alodium, demesne, estate, freehold, hereditament, holding, land, manor, possessio, property, real estate, real property, realty, seigniory, tenure associated concepts: eminent domain II (sphere of influence) noun bailiwick,… …   Law dictionary

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