Author Yanik Silver describes an exciting way to create content for your information product that I had not thought much about until reading his book, Moonlighting on the Internet: 5 World-Class Experts Reveal Proven Ways to Make Extra Cash. He recommends cashing in on information in the Public Domain, that is, information that is free to use in any form without anyone forbidding it with a copyright.
(Check with a lawyer to confirm the copyright status of any product you decide to use – especially if you plan to make money from it. Copyright law varies in each country, so verify your laws if you live outside the United States).
He describes how he created products he sells for thousands of dollars per month from information in the public domain. Where did he find this information and how was he sure what he used was not copyrighted? To answer that question we have to understand current U.S. Copyright law. Here is what is available without copoyright:
Once a work is in the public domain, you can use it any way you want. Here are some ways:
If you make significant modifications to it, you can also re-copyright it. How’s that for a great idea for creating your own information product to earn money?