What is "Public Domain" and how do I know if a particular composition falls within it?

If a song's music & lyrics were published before January 1, 1923, then the song is considered in the Public Domain in the US. Please visit to learn more about Public Domain works and see a list of songs that qualify. It's important to know that if a work falls within the Public Domain, only that exact version is not protected under US copyright law. Other people may have created arrangements of that work that ARE under copyright. Do your research!

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