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Post by hughfr » Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:06 pm

Talk about information overload, I have tried to read the information on copyrighted works based on books. Can you tell me if I have this right: anything before 70 IS protected by copyright, anything after IS NOT protected?

I plan to use work from gutenberg if I can and built a website around a book, then use info I find on wikipedia for the 'copy' on the sales page?

Is this possible to do?

Thanks for any help in advance it is very much appreciated!
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Post by CopyrightAid » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:58 pm

anything before 70 IS protected by copyright, anything after IS NOT protected
Roughly speaking yes.


you say you plan to use info 'I find on wikipedia for the 'copy' on the sales page' - Youl'd better check with Wikipedia to see if you can. The following page is a good starting point - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Copyrights

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Post by hughfr » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:46 pm

Thanks for getting back to to me, can you please elobrate on your thought please.

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Post by Sherif » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:41 am

:?: :!: Do I understand this correctly - all you are doing is copying other peoples work and hoping to make money from it?

I must be missing the point?? - What are you actually selling on your 'sales page'?
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Post by hughfr » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:30 pm

For example I could use The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. I could then use the information from wikipedia for example biography, put pictures etc, put information about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, on my sales page.

A lot of do not know The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is in the public domain

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Post by Sherif » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:38 pm

Sorry, still confused - what are you actually selling ?
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Post by hughfr » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:55 pm

Hi Sherif,
In this instance it would be The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which is in the public domain.

I am sorry i didn't make this clear.
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Post by Sherif » Sun Mar 30, 2008 4:11 pm

Oh I see - so you are basically selling copies of public domain work. Well there are certainly enough publishers doing that, so I can't image you would run into many problems, though I can't imagine you could make much money at it either.
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Post by hughfr » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:07 pm

Hi Sherif,
I got the idea from Armand Morin, if you do a search for, do you have magic products in google you see why i came here to ask my question.

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