File:United States Declaration of Independence.jpg

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English: This is a high-resolution image of the United States Declaration of Independence (article - text). This image is a version of the 1823 William Stone facsimile — Stone may well have used a wet pressing process (that removed ink from the original document onto a contact sheet for the purpose of making the engraving).
Date (ratification); 1776-07-02 (approval and signing)
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Author original: w:Second Continental Congress; reproduction: William Stone
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Public domain This file is in the public domain, because the copyright law of the Kingdom of Great Britain (the Statute of Anne) did not apply to its colonies, including British America, at the time of the creation of the Declaration of Independence[1][2]), and the Declaration of Independence was published without copyright protection.

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(While the content of the Declaration of Independence falls in the public domain because of its age, it likely does not fall into an additional public domain exception for U.S. federal government works, because the U.S. federal government did not exist until the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1789. Also, the text of the Declaration of Independence was written and finalized prior to its adoption on July 2, 1776 and ratification on July 4, 1776, the date on which the United States of America was established.)

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current01:15, 29 April 2007Thumbnail for version as of 01:15, 29 April 20073,923 × 4,656 (1.88 MB)Parhamr (talk | contribs){{Information |Description= |Source= |Date= |Author= }}
12:50, 9 March 2006Thumbnail for version as of 12:50, 9 March 20061,961 × 2,328 (1.09 MB)Pathoschild (talk | contribs)This is a high-resolution enhanced image of the United States Declaration of Independence (article | text). It was originally uploaded by [[w:user:Aiden|Aiden]
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