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Press Release Copyright (was RE: Howard Stern In Denver)

>On 28 Apr 99,  ASchinella@aol.com wrote:
>> i hope no one minds (there isn't a copyright to the release) but i am
>> forwarding a press release from fair concerning stern's comments: 
A. Joseph Ross replied:
>Since the United States joined the Berne Convention about 10 years 
>ago, it has no longer been necessary for something to carry a copyright 
>notice in order to have copyright protection.  

If it bears no notice to the contrary, can one reasonably  
assume that a press release (by definition) is intended 
to be copied in whole or in part for dissemination without 
securing the permission of the author/copyright holder?

Roger Kirk