On Fri, 16 May 2014 14:46:23 +0000, Grant Edwards wrote:

> At least in the US, there doesn't seem to be such a thing as "placing a
> work into the public domain".  The copyright holder can transfer
> ownershipt to soembody else, but there is no "public domain" to which
> ownership can be trasferred.

That's factually incorrect. In the US, sufficiently old works, or works 
of a certain age that were not explicitly registered for copyright, are 
in the public domain. Under a wide range of circumstances, works created 
by the federal government go immediately into the public domain.

It is true that under the Mickey Mouse Copyright Grab Act[1] of <insert 
years here>, every time Mickey Mouse is about to reach the end of 
copyright, Congress retroactively extends copyright terms for another few 
decades, but that's another story.

[1] Not the real name of the act.

Steven D'Aprano

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