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 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.  Not the real name of the act. -- Steven D'Aprano http://import-that.dreamwidth.org/ -- https://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list