Are cancelled stamps public domain?

Are cancelled stamps public domain? 
This is an interesting, though completely esoteric, question. 
Google Answers has a relatively comprehensive answer that may be helpful. 
Although we can’t attest to the validity of this answer without more independent research, we felt that the discussion seemed credible.
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