I guess we can summarize now? :-)

1) If you are the author of software, it's a bad idea to simply release code
   into the Public Domain, mainly because you can't protect your self from
   litigation by placing disclaimers in your code.

2) Public Domain means you relinquish your copyright control over your work
   (but, you can still claim to be the author). Regaining control could be
   difficult, you can't simply take something and license it if it's not
   "different enough". E.g. adding comments or a license isn't changing the
   work enough to give you or anyone else copyright control. The amount of
   difference required could come down to local law interpretations.

3) Actually abandoning copyright can be difficult. Some countries don't 
   allow or recognise Public Domain.

4) Some countries require registration for copyright to be granted, others
   don't, some do both.

5) Some people incorrectly think that Public Domain is synonymous with 
   OpenSource or Shareware.

6) Source Licenses are a way to remove or loosen restrictions already 
   implicitly granted because of copyright laws.

7) Some countries don't have copyright laws so 1-6 are moot points in those
   countries anyway.

8) Noone contributing to this thread is a copyright lawyer.  

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