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Thread #115100   Message #2460993
Posted By: Rapparee
09-Oct-08 - 08:50 AM
Thread Name: How to check out a copyright
Subject: RE: BS: How to check out a copyright
If you can prove you wrote it (in the US) it's yours. If someone else has copyrighted it and you can prove them wrong then the courts MAY even order damages -- but that's a slippery road because if the other party can show "reasonable care" in searching for the author, well....

Intellectual property only goes into public domain if its copyright has expired or the property has been "abandoned." And let's not get into the "fair use" conflict....