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Finding Free Public Domain Content Online
by Michael Hopkins

With so much talk of the so-called lost files, I felt it timely to remind you that there are a few great sources of copyright-free, public domain content available on the Internet.

Visit the resources below and search for texts that deal with your own area of expertise and you'll find lots of stuff that you can either sell directly or use as content for your websites or ebooks.

Here goes...

Resource #1: WikiBooks

On their site they say...

The textbooks on this site are all released under an open content license that means that they are free forever. No one can keep you from using these materials, modifying them or distributing them. Also, the license guarantees that any works that are derived from these materials will be similarly free to modify and distribute, forever.

In the licence agreement page it says...

The purpose of this License is to make a manual, textbook, or other functional and useful document “free” in the sense of freedom: to assure everyone the effective freedom to copy and redistribute it, with or without modifying it, either commercially or noncommercially.

Note that they specify that the texts are 'free' as in freedom rather than 'free' as in no money. To further reinforce this point, they say you have the "freedom to copy and redistribute it...with or without modifying it...commercially or noncommercially".

In short, you can sell it, modify it, give it away for free or whatever else you want to do!

Some areas are better developed than others but it's growing all the time. Definitely one to add to your Favorites.

Another resource from the same people is WikiSource which is "a repository of primary source texts" and WikiMedia which is "a central repository for free images, music, sound and video clips".

Resource #2: Project Gutenberg

According to the website...

"most of the Project Gutenberg eBooks are older literary works that are in the public domain in the United States. All may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed for non-commercial use".

They say "non-commercial use" but the reality is, once the text in question is in the public domain, you CAN distribute it commercially (sell it) if you wish. However, to do so you need to remove the Project Gutenberg trademark and licence agreement from the text.

Once you've done that you're left with a copyright-free text that you can sell, give away, use for website content, and so on.

Be aware, they say that not ALL the books on the site are copyright-free and be aware also that a copyright may exist in countries outside the US. See this page for some more details.


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Resource #3: Penn University's Online Book Page

Many (but not all) of the books listed in this searchable database are in the public domain. You'll find an overview of the conditions a text must meet to be included in their database on this page.

Resource #4: US Copyright Search

Use this search engine from the US copyright office to determine if a work is under copyright or not. If you're from outside the US, run a search on Google (or visit your government's website), to see if you have an equivalent resource for your own country.

And that's it!

Thanks again for visiting this page and for reading all the way to here. I hope you've found this information useful.


Michael Hopkins is a Successful Web Marketer and Owner of BizzyDays Ebook Publications. Visit Now to Download Original Ebooks for Free at: http://www.bizzydays.com
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