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Finding Public Domain Works You Can Use In Your Home Business

Using Public Domain Works In Your Home Business

When you are looking for public domain works that you can use in your home business you should take note of the following to ensure that you do not run into copyright  problems in the future.

Material created on January 1, 1978 or after is automatically protected by copyright until 70 years after the author has passed away.

Material created and published prior to 1923 is within the public domain.

Material created from 1923 – 1963 may be protected by copyright if renewed.

When published with a copyright notice © or “Copyright [dates] by [author/owner]” – copyright protection lasts 28 years and could be renewed for an additional 67 years for a total of 95 years. If not renewed, now in public domain.




So now that you know what public domain is, how can you begin to dig through the archives and content databases to find high quality public domain that you can repackage and resell?

There are a few ways to begin investigating public domain material including:

Hire An Attorney
There are many law firms that will perform a copyright search on your behalf and provide you with information as to whether you are able to use the content or material as you wish.

Do It Yourself
This can take a bit of time but is a free alternative, and using various online resources, it’s relatively easy to find and verify public domain works.

You can search through the copyright office at: http://www.loc.gov/copyright/search/ as well as the Catalog of Copyright Entries, available at: http://www.digital.library.upenn.edu/books/cce/

There are quite a few incredible sources for exploring through the public domain directories including:

The Gutenberg project is by far, the best resource for finding and download public domain material.

You can search through the most popular 100 book downloads, or recent downloads from other users, as well as use their search utility to explore specific topics and categories.

It’s an invaluable resource and one that you should bookmark and refer to often.

If you are interested in participating in the Gutenberg project, you can sign up to become a proofreader and evaluate public domain books, turning them into digital products for free distribution.

Gutenberg.org also offers public domain books in various languages including Hungarian, Chinese, Russian, Polish and even Mayan.

They also feature audio versions of the public domain books, available for free download.

Another useful public domain tool is available at:


AbeBooks is an extensive network of books found within the public domain, as well as rare and out of print books, and features a built-in search engine that you can use to find books in specific categories or topics.

You can also limit the dates that are included in your search, which is a great way to ensure that the books that come up are available for us within the public domain.

Just be sure to place your search to collect results from 1963 or before, remembering that a small percentage of public domain material from between 1923 and 1963 may be copyright protected, but only a very small number of copyrights were renewed, meaning that there are literally thousands of books and material up for grabs.

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They were hoping to find 20 new species at most, but ended up finding over 40!


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See, there’s a whole world of lost books, articles, film clips, audios, photographs and pictures waiting to be unearthed in the Public Domain.

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If you are of a certain age you will remember watching  Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days and The Mysterious Island…

Or how about…

The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds…

Sound familiar?

They should do, because all these stories were written by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells – and most of them were turned into films, plays and other written works.

But here’s the interesting thing: All these wonderful, nostalgic stories are available for YOU to use in any way you want as well…

And that’s because they’re classed as ‘Public Domain’ works.

And that’s really good news for you…

Because when you know what you’re doing, YOU can make some SERIOUS money with Public Domain material.

And the best part is, there’s thousands and thousands of Public Domain books, articles, film clips, audio, photographs and pictures out there to use.

Quite simply, all you need to do is find some Public Domain material, check its not covered by copyright, convert it into a format you can use, add some of your own ideas to it – and then sell it!

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Use the public domain to build an internet business

Use the public domain to build an internet business

Finding appropriate works in the public domain is the key to success in using the public domain to help you build an internet business

One of the best places to start is www.alibris.com.

This is an online bookstore that also sells second hand / old books through a variety of bookstores across the world.

For this example we’re looking for a book that was published in the USA before 1923.

To start with click on ‘books’ under the advanced search box on the left of the site and you’ll be taken to a page where you can enter more search details.

Next search under ‘subject’ for the niche you are looking at and enter 1923 in the ‘before’ box; this will ensure the results will only contain books published prior to 1923.

Once the results have been returned work down the list looking for a book that you ‘feel’ is most suited to your niche and what you’re looking to sell.

The only downside is that a lot of the book descriptions are relevant to the condition of the book and not what the book covers so you’ll have to use your own judgement in many cases.

The positive is that most of the books start from a few of dollars upwards, therefore it usually makes sense to buy a couple and choose the best when they arrive.

Here’s an example:

If you search “golf” before 1923 Alibris returns a number of results with books starting from $2. Once you’ve chosen your books click on checkout and finish the order.

At this point you can relax and wait for the books to arrive.

When the books arrive I recommend you read them to see which ones will appeal to your niche market best. You may find that they are all relevant and if so you have several books to sell!

Once you’ve chosen your book the next step is to turn it into an electronic document you can edit before you turn it into a PDF to sell.

Here are the options available to you:

Type it out yourself (not recommended!)

Have someone type it for you or do it yourself.

Scan it yourself.

Use a scanning firm

The only problem with a scanning firm is that in most cases they will have to cut the book from it’s spine to enable them to scan the pages.

If you are not a book lover then this won’t be a problem, however, there are a number of books that I want to keep and it’s these that I have had typed.

Once the books are in electronic format you can then edit as you see fit. I do recommend adding a forward to each book.

This serves 2 purposes

It acts as an introduction to the book

I can add my copyright to the forward page

You can’t simply take a public domain book and copyright it without making any significant changes, however, you should take steps to warn people off simply taking your book and reselling it.

Adding in a forward or additional pages ‘personalises’ the work to you, therefore, if someone else wanted to sell your book they’d have to go through and ‘strip’ out your additional pages so it returns to it’s original format.

After you’ve added in a forword page and any additional information, have the word document turned into a PDF and you’re ready to upload it to the web for selling.

The Website

A simple website is all you need to sell a Public Domain eBook coupled with a download page that your customers will be directed to once their credit card has been processed.

You can sell eBooks worldwide using clickbank (www.clickbank.com) to process credit card payments. Although they do charge 7.5% and $1 per sale it is still very worth while as it’s easy to set up and monitor.

Once you have your book and site set up you can start driving people to your website using various traffic techniques.

I recommend you have a follow up process to your ebook buyers and prospects that offers additional products that are either your own or affiliate products to bring in further profits for you.

This has been a world wind tour on how to use public domain and I’ve only just scratched the surface. You can also use books published in the USA between 1923 and 1963 as long as their copyright wasn’t renewed in the 28th year. Research shows that upto 85% of books in the USA, within this time frame, never renewed their copyright.

As well as using public domain works for ebooks you can also use the information to create additional products and derivative works such as: –

Hard copy books
Audio tapes and CD’s
Membership sites
Book of the month style sites
And more

Its up to you how use use the public domain but if you think outside the box you will come up with lots of different ways you can use the public domain to help build an internet business.

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Using the Public Domain to Make Money

If you use information from the public domain correctly you can take ‘out of copyright’  books, films etc. and use them in your business to produce new works and sell them for a profit either offline or online

What products can be ‘in’ the public domain?

Most people think of books, however, out of copyright can also apply to music, film and software to name a few.

As books are the most popular public domain option we’ll look at how you can take a book, resell it and keep 100% of the profits… legitimately.

First things first, copyright varies from country to country and years to years so it would be impossible to cover every eventuality here.

Second, I am not a lawyer – nor do I pretend to be one – so this is NOT legal advice. If you are in any doubt please seek your own legal counsel.

That said, public domain material offers a vast opportunity for you to produce profits in your business. As an introduction to public domain we’ll stick with the easiest way you can profit from it.

The UK copyright law states that copyright exists on books for the lifetime of the author plus 70 years after death. This is quite hard to track and requires a fair amount of research so as you can guess it’s not my favourite way to use Public Domain.

Thus I recommend you look to the USA for public domain works.

Any book published in the USA before 1923 is in the public domain and freely available for you to use as you wish.

Now, before you think if it’s that old it must be out of date, let me point out that in many cases what was relevant then is still relevant and useable today.

There are many cases of people selling recipe books from pre 1923, books on gardening hobby business subjects and many others.

So check out the public domain and learn how it can help you make money