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Is public domain possible?

From: Jerry
Subject: Is public domain possible?
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 21:36:25 -0700 (PDT)
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Under: "Public domain software" ...

Is this statement:

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Under the Berne Convention, which most countries have signed, anything
written down is automatically copyrighted. This includes programs.
Therefore, if you want a program you have written to be in the public
domain, you must take some legal steps to disclaim the copyright on
it; otherwise, the program is copyrighted.
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So is it possible to write a program and state on the program (eg. in
the About box) that it is public domain and thereby make the program
public domain?

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