Public Domain

Werner Koch koch at
Thu May 3 10:36:59 UTC 2001

On Thu, 3 May 2001, Frank Heckenbach wrote:

> Does this mean you can't just give up your copyright around here? Or

Correct.  The authorship is an unalienable right like your own
life.  There is no way to give it up, you can of course give away
the right to use your work.

> 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?

IIRC, 70 years after the _death_ of the author.  Yes, then it is a
common good and everyone can take it up.


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