thanks. i am not worried about my right to use the PD work. i'm just wondering how publishing companies do so when they are clearly PD.
though i don't plan to do it, it does mean that i can just take a PD work out of gutenberg, take out any reference to gutenberg, change the font and layout, slap a forward on it, and claim that i myself have copyrighted the work and sell it online. does that make sense to anyone?