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We must consider their reputation if we use a novel they published like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens... it cheapens their life — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thetechwizard21 (talk • contribs) 03:17, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
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US-specific example of public domain
The first paragraph contains: “Examples for works not covered by copyright which are therefore in the public domain, … and all software before 1974”.
This may well have been true in the US but is not true of other countries such as the UK and Italy where, from what I understand, copyright law has covered software for all of the time software has existed. While it wasn't actually tested in case law until later than 1974 (in the 1980s) software was covered, just nobody knew it was for sure. Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable about this history of this could review and tweak this point. EdDavies (talk) 22:14, 4 July 2017 (UTC)