Just How and Where Can I Find What’s In The Public Domain


First of all let’s get one thing clear – apparently there are NO SOUND RECORDINGS available in the Public Domain in the USA until 2067.

In fact sound recordings are usually adaptations of the original works which means in the UK it’s the same as it is for books – 70 years from the composers or creators death.

You can however record your own version of a musical composition by a composer such as Mozart as the sheet music is in the Public Domain which you can download for free.

There is also another way to get around this anomaly. There is a great source of freely available recordings from a company called Incompetech. Here you will find a collection of songs/music produced by American artist Kevin Macleod.

These are distributed under a Creative Commons licence. The only condition of use is that you credit him if you use it – not too much to ask is it!


This is the main product sought by those interested in making a business out of the Public Domain. Trouble is there are so many sites offering such books just where do you start?

A fantastic site to visit is http://www.ebookfriendly.com. On this one site you get 25 different sites offering free books which are all in the Public Domain.

There’s one that offers access to millions of items from European libraries, museums and archives whilst another called Librivox, specialises in audiobooks.

I had a quick scan of it and it looks promising as they’re always adding to it. They’re also looking for volunteer readers if you fancy recording a book yourself!


The New York Public Library has released 20,000 16th – 19th century historical maps mainly the USA and New York but also some other countries for free download.

You can also digitally align them with current maps if you download their mapwarper.

Go to http://www.openglam.org for more information.


For these types of creative works try visiting Wikimedia Commons. It has a database of millions of such items all freely available.

One important thing to note is even though the product you want is in the Public Domain which means it’s free to use as you want, it doesn’t mean it’s free to download! After all you may find an old book in a second-hand shop and it may well be in the public domain but you still have to buy it to use it.

The same applies online – there is one website where the owner has burned 80+ self-help books,on to a CD, all of which are in the public domain. You can use all of these books as you wish but you have to buy the CD to be able to do so.

You may have noticed that all of the above are available online but don’t forget that you can find many creative works which are in the public domain such as prints, books, sheet music etc. offline in secondhand shops, libraries, auctions and car boot sales.

Don’t limit yourself by sitting in front of a computer, it’s a big world out there!

Learning About Common Domain Extensions

The most common domain extensions are .com, .org, and .net. These three extensions are used most frequently throughout the world. The definition of domain extensions can best be described as the ending of the domain name that occurs after the last dot. For example, the domain name http://www.mydomain.com represents the .com. extension.

All extensions, as well as the common domain extensions have specific meanings. So what do each of the extensions stand for? For instance, .com is the most frequently used one and is intended for commercial business use. The .org  was initially intended for non-profit organizations and is now commonly used for commercial business websites. The .org extension is often purchased as an acceptable second choice to an unavailable .com. Other common domain extensions like .info, .mobi. and .us have other specific domain extension meanings. The .info is specific to information websites and .mobi is intended for websites focused on mobile devices like iphones. The domain extension for .us is restricted to United States based companies. The .biz  extension is restricted to commercial use and intended only for legitimate business purposes.

Countries have matching country extensions. Country domain extensions are country specific, for example, .com.us for the United States, and .com.ca for Canada. .com.uk for United Kingdom, .com.eu for European Union and .com.au for Australia. In order to register for country domain extensions, there are different requirements. For example, to register for .us and .ca you must have a presence in those countries. Registering for a .com.eu extension requires that you reside in specific countries and there is a list of thirty. However, registering for country domain extensions in countries like the United Kingdom do not require any specific residency requirements. An extension like that of the United Kingdom can also be used for personal as well as commercial business purposes.

What Is SEO Hosting?

Learn what SEO-hosting is and how it differs from other forms of web hosting. Finally, we explain how and why your hosting choices can affect search engine rankings.

Web Hosting for large domain portfolios

Many webmasters have large portfolios of domain names and websites. What’s sensible to do is to develop your best domains into websites. Traditionally, webmasters have put multiple domains (10-100’s) on the same server. This is a convenient method, but not very efficient in terms of search engine rankings.

Nowadays, search engines can easily detect when multiple websites are hosted on the same server and IP. If you start to inter-link between domains, the problems start to come.

Shortly after search engines find out, they algorithmically decide to now give your inter-linking any value. So what to do? SEO hosting is the solution.

What is SEO hosting and how can it affect rankings?

SEO hosting is when you keep all domains on the same server, but assigns unique IPs and often even unique C-classes to every domain. This way, each domain get full power when it comes to linking. With this kind of set-up, you can begin to link to your own domains again, without being penalized.

For serious webmasters with many websites, it’s recommended to put your domains into categories, such as travel, finance and technology. Every domain in a single category should have a unique C-class IP to be able to give full link power to your other websites in your category. This way, you are giving search engines a signal of trust, while building a long-term solution for your own websites.

What You Should Know About .EU Domain Name Registration

Domain name registration of .eu was made regulation by the European Parliament in 2004. There are new rules to be followed when registering for .eu domain names.

These new regulations were made to be able to keep up with the electronic commerce is the ongoing in the European Union and are also reinforced to support the identity of Europe and its Internet profile.

There other reasons for the regulations set upon for .eu domain name registration are:

To make past violations a basis for up and coming violations.

Old records of violations that the same or related domains names made in the past are basis for companies for their new .eu domain names. They can formulate a plan and note actions taken in the past to determine the problems and prevent the same things from happening again.

To have a better understanding on the holdings that each domain name has.

It is important that potential owners have a clear picture of the assets that is associated with the names since they already have their own .eu domain names.

Each is given a background on how the organization works in registration process. Having no specific guidelines is the usual problem that occurs and results with owners having too many domain names to manage for only one brand.

Why do this happen?

This happens when companies register domain names after domain names to different organizations. When audits are held, this problem arises since it is redundant and is of the same website owner…CONTINUE [http://domainnameregistrationguide.useful-tips.com/what-you-should-know-about-.eu-domain-name-registration.html]