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How do you know if a work or an author's body of work is in the public domain?

It is obvious that an author such as Shakespeare is in the public domain, but what about an author who was alive in more modern times, such as Pablo Neruda? Is there a website that will allow a search and definitively tell me that a work or an author's body of work is in the public domain?

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Steven Pearson (mattforte) says

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    Patty Inglish (Patty Inglish, MS) 4 years ago

    And one extreme case is Harlan Ellison(TM), who because of plagiarism and requests for free writing Trademarked his very name & arranged for copyright on his works to continue after his death thru attorney firms as well as family. He's angry.

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Mona Sabalones Gonzalez (grand old lady) says

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    Billie Kelpin 4 years ago

    ajwrite... THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I looked at that site for a second and I can see it will help. I have been looking for public domain works for our educational website! And THANK YOU "donnah" for asking the question.

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