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Title 17 of the United States Code, chapter 1:

§ 105 · Subject matter of copyright: United States Government works

Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government, but the United States Government is not precluded from receiving and holding copyrights transferred to it by assignment, bequest, or otherwise.

"There may well be cases where it would be in the public interest to deny copyright in the writings generated by Government research contracts and the like; it can be assumed that, where a Government agency commissions a work for its own use merely as an alternative to having one of its own employees prepare the work, the right to secure a private copyright would be withheld."[1]


  1. Copyright Law Revision, H.R. Rept. No. 1476, 2d Sess. (September 3, 1976) at 59