Using Public Domain Music in an Audiobook

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Music can enhance the audio version of your book. But when creating an audiobook, you need to be careful to respect the intellectual property rights of the artists who created the music. There is music in the public domain (music that is not covered by copyright) but determining the public domain status of a work is not necessarily simple. I have had versions of the … [Read more...]

Profiting with Public Domain Content

Are you looking for loads of free, quality content that you do not have to create yourself? Look at the public domain. You may know that works such as books, photos, movies and music are covered by copyright. Current copyright law covers a work for the life of the author plus 70 years (in the U.S.). However, copyright did not always last this long and there are many works on … [Read more...]

How to Investigate the Public Domain Status of a Work

This is a simplified explanation of how to determine if a work is in the public domain and not covered by copyright. It is intended to be a useful guide to copyright and public domain under U.S. law, but not to substitute for legal advice. In countries outside the U.S., consult with the copyright authority in your country. … [Read more...]

How Books Enter the Public Domain

There are many books and other works that are no longer covered by copyright, or were never subject to copyright. Under current U.S. Copyright Law, most new books and other works are protected by copyright for the duration of the author's life plus 70 years. However, it is possible to find many previously published works that may be freely used because they are in the public … [Read more...]

Books in the Public Domain

Public domain books are those for which no copyright exists. This may be because the books were never covered by copyright, or the copyright has expired. Public domain information can be useful in creating your next book. … [Read more...]