Steven D'Aprano <>:

> 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.

Steven, you're not disputing Grant. I am. The sole copyright holder can
simply state: "this work is in the Public Domain," or: "all rights
relinquished," or some such. Ultimately, everything is decided by the
courts, of course.


Reply via email to