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Creating content based on book

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

  1. decpecs

    decpecs Newbie

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    Hi

    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

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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

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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.