Copyright & Usage

Users of Nickels and Dimes are free to reproduce materials from any collection for any use whatsoever. The majority of works on this site were published prior to 1923 and are in the public domain, which means that they are free of any known copyright restrictions and do not require a license to use. Works published after 1923 have been determined to be free of known copyright restrictions, but users are encouraged to proceed with caution. These works will be clearly identified by the rights statement "No Known Copyright." The user assumes responsibility for possible infringement of copyright and/or literary property rights in the act of copying or in the subsequent use of materials.

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All essays are copyrighted by their respective authors, unless otherwise noted. Educational materials, like lesson plans, are dedicated to the public domain.

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