On Wed, Jul 04, 2001 at 05:44:07PM +0100, bscanlan at irish-times.com wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 04, 2001 at 05:20:32PM -0400, Ruairi Newman wrote:
> > I wondered if MS sued someone for mirroring this, would the code then get
> > read into the record of the case, and thereby come into the public domain?
>> Em, wouldn't that loophole effectively mean that you can get something
> uncopyrighted by getting somebody else sued over misuse of it?
Not at all - for an example close to home, every piece of GPL software is in
the public domain, but that has no effect on its copyright status. Every
book ever published is also in the public domain. In the public domain does
not mean having no copyright, despite the usage of the term "public domain
software" to mean software for which the original author has abandoned
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