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Public domain is not really a license, it's the lack of applicable copyright. It can be viewed as a permission for everyone to do anything with a work, without copyright restrictions. Usually a work is not released into public domain, but if the copyright runs out (depending on the country of origin) it's in the public domain. A work ineligible for copyright is also in the public domain.
A work released in this way grants all the four freedoms listed in the definition of free cultural works:
Additonally, a work released in this way will have:
Additional conditions are not guaranteed to be in place.
- Country-specific laws (a guideline on Wikimedia Commons)
- Creative Commons CC0 Universal Public Domain Dedication