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Re: Is public domain possible?

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: Is public domain possible?
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 17:50:13 -0700
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In article 
 Jerry <> wrote:

> On this page ...
> Under: "Public domain software" ...
> Is this statement:
> --- [ begin quote ] ---
> Under the Berne Convention, which most countries have signed, anything
> written down is automatically copyrighted. This includes programs.

That statement is not quite correct.  For example, I wrote down a 
grocery list the other day, and it did not automatically become 
copyrighted, as it is not sufficiently original to be eligible for 
copyright protection.

A better statement would be that a work that is eligible for copyright 
protection becomes copyrighted as soon as it is written down.

--Tim Smith

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