United States government creative works, including writing, images, and computer code, are usually prepared by officers or employees of the United States government as part of their official duties. A government work is generally not subject to copyright in the United States and there is generally no copyright restriction on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of a government work. Unless the work falls under an exception, anyone may, without restriction under U.S. copyright laws:
Most U.S. government creative works such as writing or images are copyright-free. But before you use a U.S. government work, check to make sure it does not fall under one of these exceptions:
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