Re: public domain?
On 8/9/06, Francesco Poli <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
authors, but please note that some people have doubts about the legal
possibility to dedicate a work to the public domain under the Berne
Convention (that is to say, it's not even clear whether it's at all
possible to release something to the public domain!).
I think the current wikipedia entry at
better expresses the uncertainty around these kinds of issues:
International treaties, like the Berne Convention, are not self-
executing and do not supersede local law. There is no globally valid
"International Copyright Law" that would take precedence over local
laws. Instead, signatory countries of the Berne Convention have
adapted their laws to comply with the minimum standards set forth
by the treaty, often with stronger provisions than required.
Whether or not something is copyright-free in some country depends
on the laws of individual countries.