Commons:Donate to the public domain

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If you want to give up control over your work completely, you can donate it to the public domain. Unlike publishing it under a copyleft license, this does not ensure that derivative work remains free, and it does not require that you are credited. In fact, you lose all rights regarding your work (that is the meaning of "public domain").

You can donate your work to the public domain only if it does not contain, use or cite works by others, unless those works are in the public domain, too. See Commons:Licensing for details. To effectively put your work into the public domain, please tag it with {{cc-zero}} or {{PD-self}}, which will look like this:

Creative Commons CC-Zero This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.
The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of their rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Public domain I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide.
In some countries this may not be legally possible; if so:
I grant anyone the right to use this work for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.

In the case that it is not possible to truly donate to the public domain (like most of the European Union), the CC-zero copyright waiver will function as an unlimited usage license, granting all relevant permissions to anyone who wishes to use the work in any way.