Public Domain (was: warranty)

Frank Heckenbach frank at
Thu May 3 10:17:32 UTC 2001

Werner Koch wrote:

> On Thu, 3 May 2001, João Miguel Neves wrote:
> > I think you're right on this. I've been told that here in Portugal only
> > the only way to avoid having to provide warranty protection is to put
> > the software in public domain (note: I never confirmed this). If this is
> There is no 'Public Domain' in most European legislations.  This is
> a term from the U.S. copryright law and not applicable elsewhere.

Does this mean you can't just give up your copyright around here? Or
is it just not called PD then?

And when copyright expires after many years (I suppose that's the
same here and there, even if the number of years may differ), the
works are also in a kind of PD, or what's it like?


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