Archive for the ‘public domain’ Category

I found a post on the warrior forum covering some public domain resources that I wasn’t familiar with….. the original author makes his living selling public domain products, so…..he knows what he’s doing? You’ll find some good stuff below.

I was asked what online sources I use to find public domain works so I figured I’d write a post so everyone can have the list.

Library of Congress – The Library of Congress has two sources of digital materials you can access. Materials include books, videos, maps, images, handwritten documents, sheet music and much more. Check out Digital Collections & Programs (Library of Congress) and American Memory from the Library of Congress – Home Page to se ethe 100s of collections they have available for you to freely use.

Note: Most of the materials in the Library of Congress digital collections is in the public domain but some of it is not. Each collection has annotations to help you make this determination.

Archive.orghttp://www.archive.org is a massive archive of books, film clips, movies, tv shows, music and other audio and software. There are millions of items available at archive.org but only a portion of them are in the public domain. The rest are posted under various creative license restrictions. You should read the license on a work. Many allow you to use them under certain conditions.

The Library of Economics and LibertyBooks | Library of Economics and Liberty is a great collection of books on economics and economic theory by the old masters.

The Online Books PageThe Online Books Page contains links to over 30,000 books in a variety of topics.

Self Help Booksfree self help books online & free spiritual ebooks for prosperous living to download offers a small collection of self help books plus links to many additional repositories.

Ibiblioibiblio.org – Tibet a source of sources – offering links to many archives on the web in a large variety of topics.

Project GutenbergFree eBooks by Project Gutenberg offers more than 20000 books for you to use. Most of the books are classical fiction but there are some treasures buried in their pages.

The Free LibraryNews, Magazines, Newspapers, Journals, Reference Articles and Classic Books – Free Online Library offers a massive collection of books, articles and periodicals

International Children’s Library http://www.icdlbooks.org/books/index.html contains a massive number of children’s books.

Internet Public Libraryhttp://www.ipl.org/div/subject/browse/hum60.60.00/ offers a collection of links to a diverse set of literature in the public domain.

Remember – not all works in the above stated references are in the public domain. As with any material, you should conduct your own research to verify that the work is indeed in the public domain. (You can learn how to do this at U.S. Copyright Office)

Public Domain Search Entities

While knowing hundreds of places where you can find public domain materials is a great way to find more items than you can use in three lifetimes, there are times you need to find specific items. This section discusses various search specialized facilities that can help you locate that special public domain piece you need to complete your projects.

When I need to search for public domain materials, I always start with standard google searches and I’d say 8 out of 10 times I find what I’m looking for. But for those other two times, I rely on other specialized search locations to find what I need.

Here is a list of specialized search tools that you can use.


Lets start with google. Google is actually a large number of search engines. In addition to the default search engine, there are two others that I use on a regular basis to conduct my public domain searches.

The first is the google U.S. Government search at <Unclesam> – Google Search. Searching here will limit the results to just government entities. It is a great way to find public domain materials because almost everything that is returned is in the public domain. There is one caveat however. In addition to the federal government, it will return state and local government information as well. And since state and local government materials are probably copyrighted, you need to pay attention to the sources you are examining.

The second google search is the google book search at Google Books. This is an excellent source for finding books that are probably in the public domain. Using Google Books – Books Help will give you more details on what you can do with google’s book search and its functions. A quick tip is to select “full view only” when doing your searches.

This returns only books you can read in their entirety online and many of them are public domain works. (As with any public domain work, you should do your own research to verify that this is the case.)

W3 Search Engines

While not a search engine, WWW-VL: W3 Search Engines – Internet search engines, website tools, Hilltop search engine, anti-spyware, web site SEO, search engine optimization, Laughead Web should be in everyone’s public domain bookmarks folder. This page is like a who’s who of search engines, technologies and search techniques. Invest a bit of time perusing the knowledge here and you will soon be a top notch search engine specialist – able to hunt down the most elusive bits of information quickly and easily.

Internet Public Library

The Internet Public Library is a huge compendium of links to sources of online books, many of which are in the public domain. ipl2: Information You Can Trust will get you there.

Twenty Public Domain Ebook Sites

20+ Places for Public Domain E-Books is a great jumping off point to twenty sources of public domain ebooks. It is a great starting point to find tons of already digitized and ready to use books covering a wide variety of topics.

Used Book Sites

There are two great sites that sell used and antiquarian books from a huge variety of booksellers all over the world. These sites allow you to find books from ancient times to modern and have a variety of search facilities that let you perform data range searches. This allows you to tell them to only return older books.

There is no guarantee that any books returned by these sites are in the public domain. You will need to research that fact yourself. And these are also all physical books so if you find a book you need for a project, you would need to get it into digital form yourself. But a lot of times you can find just the right book for your project at a surprisingly low price.

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AbeBooks Official Site – New & Used Books, New & Used Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books and Alibris: Used Books, Used Textbooks, Rare & Out-of-Print Books. When using these sites, be sure to use the advanced search function so you can control the date range for the books returned to help limit the amount of searching you need to do through the returned listings.

U.S. Government Search/Portal Sites
Since most of what is available from the U.S. Government is in the public domain, it is good to know a few entry points into the vast maze of their online collections. Here are several that we use:

Last but certainly not least is the World Public Library at World Public Library Association. It costs just $8.95 per year but offers a huge search archive. It is well worth the small investment

This list is nowhere close to a comprehensive list but I hope you all find it useful.

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Using public domain works to make money is certainly a good idea; however public domain works marketing might have you a bit confused. To understand how to both make money and market public domain works, you will want to understand what public domain means.

Public domain information includes works published before 1923, which includes a whole host of literary works, government documents and the like that are still used today. For instance, Shakespeare, Ben Franklin and other famous figures’ writings are available in the public domain free for the taking. Also, any work published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 in which the copyright was not renewed is also available in the public domain.

Tons of the information available in the public domain is still used in education and daily life. Because of this, there is still a market for these works. As a result, there is a market for individuals to take the information available in the public domain and sell it for personal gain. This is not illegal and is done by many individuals and companies. In fact, there are a whole host of businesses that are dedicated to this alone. Be careful, however, to make sure the information you are using and selling is available in the public domain because if you infringe on someone’s copyright there are some stiff penalties.

There are four types of public domain information that include works that copyrights have expired on, works donated to the public domain for public use, anything printed by the government, and general forms, facts, numbers and things of this nature. As you can see, there is an incredible amount of valid information that is available online and free for the taking. However, you might be wondering how to gain access to this information in order to pack it together in a way that you can market and sell. The answer is to search, search and search some more. It might take some effort to find all you are looking for, however it is out there and all you have to do is look until you find it. When you do, it is free to use, market, and sell however you like. Compile a website, book, e-book, or any other product you might be able to sale or supply access to. This is an amazing way to make money and to use information that is free and ready to be published again. A lot of the original work has already been done, so after compiling the information, all you have to worry about is marketing your product!

Public domain works marketing and selling will be easier once you have your information compiled and know who your niche and target markets are and how to reach them. With a little effort, you will be able to make money from a product that was free to begin with and only cost a little effort and time to compile into a new and sellable product.

Paul Jesse is the owner of Shea Marketing, published author, retired government employee, private pilot, and lifetime student of Internet Marketing. He created sheamarketing.com to help those interested in working from home on the internet. http://www.sheamarketing.com

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public domain books on advertising, selling and copywriting

public domain books on advertising, selling and copywriting

Are you interested in copywriting and advertising?

Some of the best books written on salesmanship, advertising, selling and copy writing are books that are now in the public domain.

Click on Public Domain Advertising Books and get ready to be amazed!

These are books and pamphlets that are in the public domain, you can do some research and see if you can find a copy or your can transcribe or maybe record these books into your own products. How about taking a snippet from one book….a snippet from another and create your own book.

You can send me a donation for this….because this find could make your a fortune in your own public domain business.

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Review of Video Utility Poster for Video Blogging

I saw a review of Video Utility Poster and bought it. Blogs can be crucial for building a public domain business and the proper tools in working with blogs can cut the time in half or more. That’s where Video Utility Poster comes in….there isn’t anything that is quicker (and not considered spam) for creating video blog posts….and that’s why I thought you might like a Review of Video Utility Poster!

Video blogging can accomplish many tasks. One quick way to get started video blogging is by using Video Utility Poster, a new application that has been developed by Jack Humphrey at the Authority Site Center.

Video Utility Poster will get you video blogging almost instantly and you can use it across all of your blogging platforms and all of your blogs! You use of video blogging will change how your blog works and who it attracks if you do it in the correct manner If content is king, then you must be very careful when video blogging and chosing which videos you paste into your blog. If you simply start embedding a bunch of unrelated, junk, or garbage videos….yep….you guessed it, your visitors will get lost and will not be impressed with a bunch of youtube videos done by 15 year old kids….you need to carefully select what you use and Video Utility Poster will help you with this part.

So…should I puchase Video Utility Poster ?

Your readership demands the best, they want current material, they don’t want to be blatantly sold, they want to be entertained. Keep you readers happy by adding a relevant video on occaision….and Video Utility Poster is just the tool to help. Common sense will tell you that when building an Authority Site your readers want relevant content and nobody will want to watch a bunch of unrelated, poorly done videos, but a relevant video that is on topic makes video blogging something that will keep a visitor on your site.

Video Utility Poster is designed to shave crucial time from the chore of posting…face it, you can’t be a genious every day with quality posts in all your blogs, but it’s imperative to keep up the consistancy when blogging. Video Utility Poster will help you sneak in an appropiate video in a couple of minutes whenever needed! When using Video Utility Poster or any of the Utility Poster products you’ll be able to keep up with your posting by performing a fast search for the topic of the day, just chose the video and drag and drop it into your post. Anyone can use Video Utility Poster, you wouldn’t believe it but, I created this post with Video Utility Poster, it’s a little more work that standard, but I really got interested so I expanded on the post….so I guess Video Utility Poster can be considered sort of a research tool for blogging also.

The owner of Authority Site Center is Jack Humphrey, the engineer of Video Utility Poster talking about why you should think about utilizing this application and is really excited when it comes to video blogging !

Get a copy of Video Utility Poster now because it can make your blogging life a whole lot easier when you can turn your blog into semi-video blog overnight!!!

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Holy cow….Googles Book Search has been a source of controversy since its inception. As usual, people think google is out to get them….but then google really delivered. I understand that they have once again changed stragegies regarding what can and can’t be downloaded. I’m going to have to do some further research to get a better understanding where they are at regarding public domain works and copyrighted materials.

Like the picture at the left, google book search…public domain and black holes are little understood.

I ran across a post that was an interesting discussing regarding public domain works and google book search, though you might appreciate the detail in this discussion.

Google Book Search, Orphan Works and the Public Domain

In most cases, books that were never renewed are now in the public domain. Estimates of how many books were renewed vary, but everyone agrees that most books weren’t renewed. If true, that means that the majority of US books published …

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Newer works, which has been composed later than January 1, 1978, being previously protected for the life of the writer plus 50 years, are now protected for the life of the generator in addition to 70 years not having a renewal condition. Right Of First Publication in works produced by two or more authors, will now expire 70 years subsequent to the death of the final surviving generator. And, if the material was hired out, or pen name or pseudonymous, the period of copyright protection is the shorter of Ninety-five years from the primary publication, or 120 years from the date of creation. Consequently, there are no works produced after 1978 that will fall into the public domain for another 50 years or so.
Public Domain INfo Class

I highly recommend that you contact an attorney when considering public domain rights, I’m not a lawyer and don’t play one on TV 🙂 this info is just to give you a general guideline….I have to say this!.

I’ve learned so much from a handful of people who have spent the time and money doing research for public domain, I highly recomment the following resources in your quest for public domain riches!.

PublicDomain Riches
The Public Domain How To Course
The Public Domain Code Book

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In order to understand public domain material you must first understand the concept of copyright and understand the legalities when referring to “copyright”. The last thing you want to do when creating a product out of public domain works is to have some attorney sending you a letter demanding paypment for use of their clients content…or we will me you in court.

That’s a picture of a Vampire the first known attorney. You do realize attorney’s will suck every last drop of blood from you….so if you don’t the basics of public domain information right, you’ll be doing a lot of begging, crying and maybe paying 🙂

Tony Laidig’s book The Public Domain Codebook will help you stay within the confines of the law, plus take you much deeper in the use of public domain materials and works from many creative areas. I highly recommend it and all his books.

In this series I’ll try to print reliable information

What Is Copyright

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

*To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;

*To prepare derivative works based upon the work;

*To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;

*To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works;

*To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and

*In the case of sound recordings*, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

In addition, certain authors of works of visual art have the rights of attribution and integrity as described in section 106A of the 1976 Copyright Act. For further information, request Circular 40, Copyright Registration for Works of the Visual Arts.

It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107 through 121 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of “fair use,” which is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a “compulsory license” under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions. For further information about the limitations of any of these rights, consult the copyright law or write to the Copyright Office.

*Note: Sound recordings are defined in the law as “works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual work.” Common examples include recordings of music, drama, or lectures. A sound recording is not the same as a phonorecord. A phonorecord is the physical object in which works of authorship are embodied. The word “phonorecord” includes cassette tapes, CDs, LPs, 45 r.p.m. disks, as well as other formats.

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