public domain

Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Thu Nov 8 16:43:48 UTC 2001

DeBug <debug at> 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 puts
> 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 gnu-misc-discuss at, or some
other more appropriate mailing list?

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