You most likely already know that you can make money from the public domain by repackaging books, videos, music, images, pictures, and more. With millions and millions of items free for the taking, it is no wonder that the public domain is such a hot topic for Internet marketers. Following, we’ll discuss a few things about the public domain, that while they are not secrets as such, they are important for you to consider as you build your Internet marketing fortune.

Be Aware of Gender Biases

Unless you’re fortunate enough to find something as rich as Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich,” you probably don’t want your public domain products to scream “public domain.” In most cases, you will want your customers to view them as hot, new and fresh products. No one needs to know you got a good portion of them for free! Since most products that are now in the public domain were created before 1923, they were created at a time when women held a much different role in society. For example, most women during that time did not work outside the home as they do today. By the same token, most men didn’t change diapers, cry, or help out around the house, let alone would you hear of a stay at home father.

You may not run across any gender biases at all in your public domain materials. It will depend largely on the subject but if you do, be sure and rephrase the material to reflect today’s society.

The Internet has no Country

Laws governing the public domain are country specific and each country’s laws are not necessarily the same. This means that if you live in the United States and you procure an item from the public domain over the Internet, the laws that govern the country where the work was published are the laws that govern. So not only will you need to check the laws of your country regarding public domain, you will also need to check the laws of the country where the work was published.

Government Works are in the Public Domain

Although it is true that works that the government produces are indeed part of the public domain, there are many, many individuals and companies that contract with the government to do work for them and in this case, the work may not be in the public domain at all. This can and often is confusing. Say the government publishes a pamphlet. According to the law, one would assume that this work is automatically in the public domain. But a closer check reveals that the government contracted with an individual to produce the pamphlet. In this case, the work would be copyrighted and afforded protection under the law. Therefore, it is always best to check and make sure the work in question is really a part of the public domain rather than assume so.


Remember the guy in the yellow suit with dollar signs all over it? His name is Matthew Lesko and you may have seen him on television commercials. He is the one who is always trying to sell information about how to get free stuff from the government. Lesko has been criticized for selling information that people can get for free and that is exactly what he is doing, yet some people would rather pay him to cull out the opportunities than take the time to do it themselves.

Think about What it is You’re Paying For

When you research public domain content, you’ll run across several ads from other Internet marketers trying to make a buck by selling you directories of public domain resources. While there’s nothing wrong with this concept, think for a moment whether you want to pay someone to tell you where you can get something for free. After all, they found the public domain resources; so can you. If, though, you have more money than time and you don’t mind paying for it, then at least make sure you are buying from a reputable source.

Make Sure it really is Public Domain Content

Just because some slick marketer says they are selling you public domain content or resources where you can find such content doesn’t mean it really is in the public domain so you may still need to check it out yourself, which may negate the time you save by purchasing the content instead of finding it yourself. Since anyone can access public domain material, the floodgates are open for scams. Just be careful.

Don’t know what to do With Public Domain Content?

I have seen well done sales pages extolling the virtues of public domain works along with free ecourses that will teach you how to make money with content you can find in the public domain. If you are truly at a loss on how to capitalize on this type of content, look for the free resources first before you pay for the information as you can probably find everything you need on the subject for free.

When You Should Pay for Public domain Content

You may want to consider outsourcing some of the content you eventually turn your public domain materials into. For example, if you obtain books that are in the public domain and want to turn them into articles or even an ebook with fresh content added, you may want to outsource some or all of that work.

Many Internet marketers take public domain material and create new material from the stuff they get for free. Some of them offer resale rights or private label rights. Not only can you do this yourself, but you can purchase the new product and resell it many times over to boost your income.

Be Prepared to Spend Some Money

While it’s not absolutely necessary, you may, at times, need to spend some money polishing your public domain material to make it ready to sell. You will still come out ahead, though; after all, you got it for free.