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From: email@example.com (Al Borowski)
Subject: Re: Human Experimentation : Civil, Criminal, Constitutional ? : It is still going on.
Date: 25 Nov 2002 16:48:23 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: 26 Nov 2002 00:48:23 GMT
firstname.lastname@example.org (Gibbo) wrote in message news:<email@example.com>...
> Mr News.
> Check the "terms of service" of usenet etc.
> You don't own the copyright. They do. :)
Check out http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html
btw, let's not start another war about copyright.
From part 3:
"If it's posted to Usenet it's in the public domain."
False. Nothing modern is in the public domain anymore unless the owner
explicitly puts it in the public domain(*). Explicitly, as in you have
a note from the author/owner saying, "I grant this to the public
domain." Those exact words or words very much like them.
Some argue that posting to Usenet implicitly grants permission to
everybody to copy the posting within fairly wide bounds, and others
feel that Usenet is an automatic store and forward network where all
the thousands of copies made are done at the command (rather than the
consent) of the poster. This is a matter of some debate, but even if
the former is true (and in this writer's opinion we should all pray it
isn't true) it simply would suggest posters are implicitly granting
permissions "for the sort of copying one might expect when one posts
to Usenet" and in no case is this a placement of material into the
public domain. It is important to remember that when it comes to the
law, computers never make copies, only human beings make copies.
Computers are given commands, not permission. Only people can be given
permission. Furthermore it is very difficult for an implicit licence
to supersede an explicitly stated licence that the copier was aware
Note that all this assumes the poster had the right to post the item
in the first place. If the poster didn't, then all the copies are
pirated, and no implied licence or theoretical reduction of the
copyright can take place.
(*) Copyrights can expire after a long time, putting something into
the public domain, and there are some fine points on this issue
regarding older copyright law versions. However, none of this applies
to an original article posted to USENET.
Note that granting something to the public domain is a complete
abandonment of all rights. You can't make something "PD for
non-commercial use." If your work is PD, other people can even modify
one byte and put their name on it.
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