In message <006e01c12a43$48f9cb30$[EMAIL PROTECTED]> "Thomas T. Veldhouse" writes:
: 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.

No.  That's not right.  Releasing something into the Public Domain
(which has a specific legal meaning) means that you revoke all claims
of Copyright you have for the item you release into the Public Domain
for all time.  In the absense of a copyright, no license is needed at
all to use the work.  Therefore, you must reclaim copyright over the
work to relicense it to Microsoft or whomever.

If you release a work with a license that allows for any copying, you
retain the copyright, and you can relicense it later if you so choose.

Be very careful here.  There are lots of folks on the list that know
the subtle distinctions between releasing something that is freely
copyable and releasing it into the public domain.c


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