On Mon, Jul 01, 2002 at 05:49:29PM +0900, Juergen Katins wrote:
> 1. If you publish a free book it is just as Tobias says: you give it
> to the community. With it you loose your grip on it, you give away your
> rights (apart from personal rights like protection against disfiguration or
> incorrect citation). Nobody can steal something which is already given
> away.

It's not given away: it's shared with those who accept a certain set
of rules called license.  What you're speaking of is public domain and
is an entirely different matter.

``Open'', ``proprietary'' or ``free'' make no difference, when there
is a license the pattern is the same: follow the rules and you can use
it; don't, and you can't.



Massimiliano