Subject: RE: Copyright & License Questions
From: "Lawrence E. Rosen" <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 10:23:56 -0700

> > Some authors are comfortable not to have any control 
> whatsoever over how
> > their work is used, distributed and modified. They can "do 
> away" with
> > their
> > copyright by providing a notice that places the work in the 
> public domain.
> > Such software, which legally speaking is no longer 
> copyrighted, classifies
> > as Open Source software as well.
> > 
> 	I believe sum countries will not allow material to be
> 	forced into the public domain; one may have to wait for
> 	50 to 70 years after the death of the author before it
> 	lapses into the public domain.

Nobody can "do away" with their copyright "by providing a notice that
places the work in the public domain."  Please don't perpetuate this
myth.

Dave is correct.  You have to wait for the statutory time for the work
to enter the public domain.

/Larry Rosen