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Why is the Public Domain So Important?
- It sparks creativity and provides a basis for new works.
- Without William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet we wouldn't have Arthur Laurent's West Side Story!
- It provides the opportunity for the restoration and preservation of works and keeps them alive for use in the future. Consider the dilemma imposed by orphan works and the threat to the loss of cultural heritage.
- Public Domain works as accessible, open, educational material can reduce financial burdens in higher education.
- Find out more about the importance of the public domain at Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain.