Andrew Kenneth Milton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
 > Once it's in the Public Domain you have abandoned your claim to copyright.

Actually, that is not possible, at least in some countries
(including Germany, for example).

If you're the author of some piece of software, you're the
holder of the "Urheberrecht" (the rights that you have,
being the author).  You cannot get rid of your Copyright
even if you wanted to.  There is no notion of "public
domain" in the law.

Declaring the software to be "public domain" merely means
that you attach a license to the effect that everyone can
do anything with it without asking you, _but_ you are still
the original author, with all associated rights that you
have as such.

Actually you don't even have to include a phrase like
"Copyright (C) 2001 by John Doe", because it's implied.


Oliver Fromme, secnetix GmbH & Co KG, Oettingenstr. 2, 80538 München
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