If a copyright is posted to usenet, is it in the public domain?

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Answer by UrbanPhotos
Absolutely not.

See http://www.copyright.gov

Posting something to Usenet is no different than printing it in a magazine or showing it on television. The copyright owner does not waive any ownership rights just because they’re allowing the public to view the work.

What “Public Domain” means is that copyright has either expired or was never granted. Most US federal government publications and works are automatically public domain because they were created using public (taxpayer) money. Otherwise, copyrights generally expire 70 to 120 years after the death of the artist.

The penalty for copyright violation can be as high as $ 150,000. So don’t take it lightly.

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