6 Reasons Why You Should be Using Public Domain to Profit More in Your Writing and Publishing Efforts
Let me start with a big bold statement… ready?
Properly using quality public domain content can transform your writing and publishing endeavors and be way more profitable than you can imagine.
In this short episode I intend to show you my top six reasons for using public domain content. Hold on tight, here we go…
First, let me give you a brief definition of what public domain is. According to the University of California…
The public domain is generally defined as consisting of works that are either ineligible for copyright protection or with expired copyrights. No permission whatsoever is needed to copy or use public domain works.
The definition gives rise to the first reason you should use public domain content in your writing/ publishing endeavors; namely, flexibility.
That is, if a work is in the public domain then it can be used in any way, by any citizen of the country where it is in the public domain, without asking for permission and without paying royalties (using public domain is FREE).
Effectively you can use the content: sell it, change it, add to it or subtract from it without limitation. The sky is the limit with public domain.
The long and the short of it is if you find a suitable public domain work you can use it in any way you wish. That is ultimate flexibility.
- Using the public domain can give you flexibility
- Old info is still very useful
- Lots of evergreen material is in the public domain
- How much content is available
- About derivative works
- How to find the content
- How to use the public domain to get over writer’s block
- Increased productivity
The Hathi Trust http://www.hathitrust.org/
Project Gutenberg (text) – http://www.gutenberg.org/
Internet Archive (text, music, film) – http://www.archive.org/index.php
Musopen (Music) – http://www.musopen.org/music
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