Further to my earlier article on this blog about public domain information product creation, here are some common questions answered on the subject:
(1) Are there any restrictions to my use of public domain
Not really. You can use it pretty well any way you wish. I guess
it’s stretching the boundary to put your own name onto material
that someone else wrote, but pretty well everything else is fair
The key though is to make sure that it really IS public domain.
Otherwise, you will eventually run into trouble. An excellent
resource that discusses all aspects of public domain product
(2) Can I really make mòney with public domain material?
Well, that depends on you. I don’t know you, so I really can’t
say. Maybe you will and maybe you won’t.
All I can say is that there are many people who have been
extremely successful at doing it. Bob Proctor sells a course
based upon “The Science Of Getting Rich” which is priced at
$497, and he also runs a live seminar based on the material. Matt
Furey makes huge money from his Farmer Burns wrestling video
course, priced at $597, all based on a public domain book!
If you look hard enough, you can find material that you can turn
into a salable course. The only limitation to being successful
at it is your imagination, plus the willingness to do some hard
(3) Where can you get Public Domain material?
Many places. With the advent of the internet, you can now visit
several different sites online and find valuable public domain
works, all without ever leaving the comfort of your armchair.
Many can be downloaded. In other cases, you can buy a copy of the
original book, and have the pages transferred to digital format.
Yanik Silver is a major expert on public domain. He reveals
dozens of websites that already house public domain music,
images, video, writings and more. Plus, he gives you links to
multiple government web sites with high-quality public domain
information on them that you can grab right away…
(4) How do I check that a work I think is public domain, really
is? I don’t want to get into any trouble!
If you are in doubt, you have a legal specialist do a copyright
search on the work in question. There are many such legal firms
dealing with this kind of work. In Yanik Silver’s public domain
material, he recommends one who does the job for a very cheap
The bottom line is that it’s straightforward to get the work
checked and have yourself legally covered.
(5) How do I get started?
My recommendation is that you invest in Yanik Silver’s Public
Domain course. He has two, but the smaller one should be what you
need to get you started. If you then find that this is a
direction you want to pursue further, then you can invest in his
large course (I have both and can assure you that they are both
excellent). You can find full details of Yanik’s public domain