Subject: Re: Please add "Public Domain" to "license" list
From: 'Rick Moen' <>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 22:25:20 -0800

Quoting Greg Pomerantz (

> How about this one: Hadady v. Dean Witter, 739 F. Supp. 1392 (C.D. Cal
> 1990). Plaintiff published a newsletter from 1985 to 1987 with a notice
> that said: "The information contained in this letter is protected by
> U.S. copyright laws through noon EST on the 2d day after its release . .
> ." The Court held that the notice was effective to cause an abandonment
> of plaintiff's copyright after two days despite the fact that the notice
> was not defective.

Perhaps I haven't been paying adequate attention to posted details, but
I'm unclear on whether "abandonment" in this context means the original 
owner ceasing to own title (what I suspect), or the original owner being
judged to have destroyed title to the property entirely.  Only the
latter seems relevant to the foregoing discussion.  Perhaps you could

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