On Tue, Aug 21, 2001 at 08:14:59AM -0500, Thomas T. Veldhouse wrote:
> >
> > 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,

You can't chose a license for something put in the public
domain. Putting something in the public domain implies that anyone can
do whatever they want with it. You can't put it in the public domain
_and_ place restrictions on its use.

> but you
> certainly do NOT lose your copyright.

You've just given everyone permission to do whatever they want with
the material. You do lose your copyright in the sense that you no
longer have any legal recourse to prevent people from doing whatever
they want with the work.

> 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.

But anyone else can sell the code under any license they want too.

> 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.

No, they don't have to deal with you. MS can license code in the
public domain however they like. They need not consult you at all.
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