> Well since copyright was abandoned (being placed into the public domain is
> abandonment of copyright), the changed file can be copyrighted by whomever
> makes changes. The new file is then covered by the license from that point
> forward.

Copyright is certainly not abaondoned when you place something in the public
domain.  Your rights vary depending upon the license you choose, but you
certainly do NOT lose your copyright.  If you are the author of a piece of
software and you release the code to public domain, you still have the right
to sell the same code under a different license as well.  So, if Microsoft
decides they want your software without the existing license (public domain)
you can relicense it to them for a fee under whatever terms you want, and
they must deal with you on it because of the copyright that you hold.

Tom Veldhouse

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