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Moon Girl Meet iPhone

As information publishers, It is very tempting to ONLY consider books or magazine articles for out products, blogs, articles, etc. Of course, I’ve been preaching for years about the power of Public Domain images for creating products, and quite honestly, every one of you should have your own Zazzle.com or CafePress.com store to sell “original” creations based on Public Domain content. Here is one of mine: Generation 7. There are a LOT of other products you can create using images and photos…but that isn’t what THIS post is about. It’s about something else…characters from the Public Domain.

I always keep a pulse on what others are doing with Public Domain content and “Moon Girl” caught my attention. It’s a new iPhone app comic being written by Tony Trov and John Zito. Here is the cool part…”Moon Girl” is a little known character from the 40’s and is the Public Domain, enabling Trov and Zito to revive her as a character. What a great idea and a perfect example of using Public Domain content in new, innovative ways. Now, thanks to an artist known as “The Rahzzah” Moon girls looks a bit different these days…but again, that’s the beauty of the Public Domain…you can do whatever you want with it! You can purchase the Moon Girl app HERE or in the iTunes App Store…AND you can read a preview HERE.

Below are examples of the “old” and “new” Moon Girl are below. You might also notice that the delivery method is QUITE different as well!

In my e-book, Easy Money Picture Project, I wrote about the importance of Public Domain characters to product creation and shared a growing list of characters known to be in the Public Domain. I created an excerpt PDF which you can download and enjoy HERE. As you would imagine, EMPP has a LOT of great strategies for using Public Domain images to create products hidden in its 200+ pages. I guess that’s why customers LOVE it!

So let me ask you…what ideas can YOU come up with based on characters from the Public Domain? Review the list and share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!

BTW…Hollywood has figured this one out! With “Sherlock Holmes” out (a character from the Public Domain) and a new “Alice in Wonderland” coming out…not to mention, “Treasure Island” and “The Three Muskateers,” the Public Domain is proving to be a goldmine for Hollywood…why not for you as well?

PDX-TV Episode 3: Make Money from Parts Manuals?

In this latest episode, I share a new insight for using catalogs and parts manuals from the Public Domain. I’m also freezing my butt off!

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PDX-TV Episode 2: Videos from Public Domain Content

In this episode, I share a cool strategy for using niche content from Public Domain magazines to create live action videos.

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Cool Surprises to Kick Off 2010

I am SO excited about diving into the New Year! The Holidays are fun and all but I’m ready to get back to doing what I LOVE to do…sharing HOW to use Public Domain content to successfully build your business. And to that extent, there are lots of cool, fun things in store for the coming months.

YES…I have some tricks and surprises up my sleeves (that benefit you, of course)…but that is part of the fun.

Over the Holidays…actually over the course of December…I spent a lot of time thinking about and planning how to move forward into the New Year in ways that would benefit you the most. As I considered a lot of different options, several important ideas came to mind, and I believe you’ll find them to be rather cool! I’ll share the first few with you now.

The first surprise I’d like to share is that I’ve decided to permanently drop the prices on all my best-selling products…more than half. Beginning today, you can now claim your own copy any of the following Public Domain training products at their new, lower price.

Public Domain Explained

Public Domain Profit Centers

Easy Money Picture Project

Limitless Blog Content

The second surprise is, of course, my NEW video series (you can watch Episode One below), where I’ll be sharing the benefits, strategies and tricks of using Public Domain content…and the videos will not cost you anything…zero cost…zero opt-in…zero sales pitch. Just me delivering great content to help you build your online business. The ONLY thing I ask for is your comments and to share them with others you know if they inspire you. That’s it. You will be able to view all the episodes right here on my blog!

That’s it for THIS post…no more secrets just yet, but wait until you see what ELSE I will be offering soon at no cost…you’ll definitely think I’ve lost my marbles (did you see them? They’re round, they sparkle and…). I’ll tell you more about THAT surprise in a few days. For now, however, please know that I am committed to your ongoing success for 2010. THIS is the year for you…I totally believe it!

A Bold Idea with Big Plans

I recently came across a project that, like Google Books, is committed to building a massive digital library containing millions of volumes. Here is what the mission statement from their website:

“As a digital repository for the nation’s great research libraries, HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of partner institutions.

HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections. Partnership is open to all who share this grand vision.”

Of course, when I read announcements like that, you know what I am thinking…Public Domain books! Of HathiTrust’s 4.6 million volumes already scanned, 708,000 are in the Public Domain and available at their site in full text view. While they do not offer full text downloads, the books and periodicals are available in PDF and TXT formats as individual pages. You can search the the HathiTrust Catalog HERE:

HathiTrust

HP Looks to Public Domain for New Technology

 If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times…the opportunities are endless when it comes to the Public Domain. The problem is that we as product creators tend to have a narrow view of what product creation looks like or what opportunities are available. The truth is, opportunities to use content from the Public Domain abound…much more than you or I are currently taking advantage of. The challenge is to “allow” ourselves to think in ways that are different than we’re used to thinking. The classic definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over but expect different results. And based on THAT definition, most of you are probably insane…lol. I feel that one of my “jobs” in teaching about the Public Domain is to challenge you to get out of the box with your creativity and innovation so that you can tap into some truly amazing product creation ideas rather than accept the mediocrity of copy-cat product creation.

Last night, I was reading up on science and tech news when I came across a curious article about HP and some new technologies that they have been developing based on ideas that are in the Public Domain. I’ve included excerpts below. Notice that the article flat-out admits that the concepts were in the Public Domain (and the author is still living!).

Hewlett-Packard scientists reported Wednesday in the science journal Nature that they have designed a simple circuit element that they believe will make it possible to build tiny powerful computers that could imitate biological functions.

The memristor, an electrical resistor with memory properties, may also make it possible to fashion advanced logic circuits, a class of reprogrammable chips known as field programmable gate arrays, that are widely used for rapid prototyping of new circuits and for custom-made chips that need to be manufactured quickly. The memristor was predicted in 1971 by Leon Chua, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley. There have been hints of an unexplained behavior in the literature for some time, Mr. Chua said in a phone interview on Tuesday.

He noted, however, that he had not worked on his idea for several decades and that he was taken by surprise when he was contacted by the Hewlett-Packard researchers several months ago. The advance clearly points the way to a prediction made in 1959 by the physicist Richard Feynman that “there’s plenty of room at the bottom,” referring to the possibility of building atomic-scale systems.

“I can see all kinds of new technologies, and I’m thrilled,” he said.

The original theoretical work done by Mr. Chua was laid out in a paper, “Memristor — The Missing Circuit Element.” The paper argued that basic electronic theory required that in addition to the three basic circuit elements — resistors, capacitors and inductors — a fourth element should exist.

Because the concept of a memristor was developed almost 40 years ago by Mr. Chua, it is in the public domain. The Hewlett-Packard scientists, however, have applied for patents covering their working version of the device.

This article also reminds me again of an idea I threw out to the listeners of my Public Domain Teleseminar Series concerning the product ads you see in old magazines. We often think that physical product development based on existing products is off-limits because of patented technology, when the truth is that patents expire after 20 years and cannot be renewed. That means that any patent filed before 1988 (20 years ago) can now be used as the basis for any NEW product creation you can think of. That’s HUGE! Think of ALL the inventions that have occured over the past 100 or 200 years. It’s all available for you to use now as the foundation for new products. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office now offers the ability to search patents (full text back to 1976 and full images back to 1790). You can use their search tool here: http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html

Have fun!

Tony

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