Part of a special issue on the public domain. The writer discusses how the digitalization of information and the development of global digital networks have contributed positively to the public domain. She provides a map of the public domain as a prelude to a discussion of how various legal and policy developments could affect the digital public domain. She argues that the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, the Collections of Information Anti-Piracy Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 affect a wide area of the digital public domain and may produce negative synergistic effects that undermine the digital public domain. She assesses methods for averting these threats to the digital public domain.

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