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Creating content based on book

Discussion in 'Membership Sites' started by decpecs, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. decpecs

    decpecs Newbie

    Mar 11, 2015
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    I realize it's a question I should be asking a lawyer but I thought I'd ask here too.

    Say I want to create a membership site targeted at people who want to learn how to perform a certain skill X (it can be anything really, think cooking, programming, meditate etc). The product is basically an e-course, and students can learn the skill online, and get support from professional trainers.

    How do I go about creating content for the course? There are a lot of books out there on any topic. What if I take an existing book, and turn each chapter in the book into a lesson in my product? I mean keep the structure and methodology, but of course not copy/paste the content, but rather completely rewrite it.

    Is this legal? Would appreciate any advice from people who took similar approach to content creation/curation etc.
  2. blackbeans

    blackbeans Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Nov 29, 2008
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    That's derivative content and you may be sued........IF........ you are taking proprietary ideas. However, if the ideas can be known by most people through enough research, there is no derivative content violation. Generally, you can't copyright ideas.
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  3. The Curator

    The Curator Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2013
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    Like the guy above me said, if it's generally accepted information on a practice, than you can reverse engineer the process. On a side note, I am currently doing this for a technical trade. A general tip, if the skill or trade is technical, you will find to sustain sign-ups, optins, and repeat traffic, you will need to invest heavily in content that is high quality and niche.
  4. trafficsaurus1

    trafficsaurus1 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Jan 22, 2017
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    If the content is open source then go ahead. If not then you could be stealing intellectual property

    The content can be vaguely conceptualised as well bur not blatantly and not carelessly. Written into your own context and words