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You and Bill are right. I got my information from someone who had claimed to study copyright law, and I didn't bother following up. ;-)

I spent about 20 minutes poking around the Library of Congress's website and was kind of surprised to see that there isn't a provision for explicitly putting something into the public domain.

From what I can tell, the very definition of public domain is in question. "It's a moving target," I read in one article about the subject.

So, I guess we can just assume that everything we write and see is copyrighted and we should be behave accordingly.

Rick, how much do I owe you for the paragraphs below?


At 09:52 PM 1/6/2003, you wrote:
According to _some_ who've studied the USA Copyright Act (and similar
bodies of law in other jurisdictions), there's actually no provision in
law for placing a work in the public domain.  Opinion is divided about
the effect of such a statement:  Some say it has no effect; others say
that constitutes an irrevocable licence for unlimited use.  Nobody will
know for sure unless/until a judge rules on the question.

It seems unlikely that the law would permit putting a creative work in
the public domain, as that would permit evasion of liability.  However:

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