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How non-public could a disclosure/publication be, and still count as such for patent “prior art” and copyright purposes? [closed]

The essence of both patent and copyright is that a creator/inventor gets legal protection and exclusivity within broad limits, in exchange for some form of publication/public disclosure. Similarly a ...
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If I don't want to patent something, what can I do to ensure the patent office doesn't unintentionally grant the patent to someone else?

Say that I have created a hypothetical new invention. I would like for it to be used by as many people as possible without restrictions, so I deliberately choose not to pursue a patent on it. As ...
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Prior Art: Search Resources

I have searched for prior art in PubWest and patents.google.com. In addition I have searched the web (Google) for any prior art that would invalidate a patent for my die. That being said, is there ...