Subject: Re: public domain
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 08 Nov 2001 08:43:48 -0800

DeBug <> writes:

> I took a look at
> and read this:
> "If it's posted to Usenet it's in the public domain."
> False. Nothing modern is in the public domain anymore unless the owner explicitly
> it in the public domain(*). Explicitly, as in you have a note from the author/owner
> saying, "I grant this to the public domain." Those exact words or words very much
like them.
> Now i have a question - does it mean anonymous works cannot be put in
> the public domain ?

I have another question: why is this being discussed on

Can we take all the discussions about the nature of copyright and
whether the GPL is appropriate to, or some
other more appropriate mailing list?

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