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1.15. What kind of materials are available for free on the Internet?

The amount of information that is on the Internet is staggering. The quantity and types of information that is being added to the Internet daily is dumbfounding. So while I can't tell you exactly what you can and can't find on the Internet, it is possible to talk in vague generalities about the kinds of information you'll typically find there.

Generally, free materials on the Internet include government documents, works with expired copyrights, works that are in the public domain, and works that authors are making available on an experimental basis to the community.

Conversely, the types of information you are not likely to find available free on the Internet include commercial works that are protected by copyright law. Which leads us right to the next question...

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