Is this LEGAL to create own course learned from other product?

by dziumandzy Banned
26 replies
Hello,

Just wanted to ask one thing. If I bough some course in the past, learned it,implemented and got good results. Can I make my own product on the same topic? The info would be the same as from learned course, but I would just create it as my own,because I want to teach other people same thing/topic.

So the main question is, can somebody accuse me of copying other courses and selling it as oy own?

(I wont copy, it would be completely mine, but the info would be the same.)
#legal
  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    As long as you don't copy their work, you should be fine.

    Make sure that you never copy word for word is any shape of form and never use their graphics.

    If you copy and paste from their sales letter or anything else, this is NOT the way to go.

    Everything you do should be YOUR own work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Anthony
    No problem at all. Loads of product creators do the same thing anyway.

    Learn ... do ... teach.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Espino
      Yes, the way you explained it would be fine.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    I think we all have a moral compass, and varying on where yours is... you will now what is right and what is wrong. I've seen it all, with all kinds of results. At the end of the day it is up to you on what kind of business you wan to run.

    If you add your own lessons, your own case studies, ideas, and views... all in your own words, then you are off on the right track. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Yunker
    Hey Dziumandzy,

    If you think about all the "Guru's" online today, most of them learned that from somebody else like a book, mentor, or even online!

    So it's not illegal and there are only so many ways you can do something that all of the content isn't going to be unheard of.

    What it really is, is putting your twist on it! Use your own style and try to make it as easy to comprehend and as systematic as possible!

    As long as you stick to those guidelines you should be fine

    Hope this helped

    Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Where do you think a lot of WSO sellers get their ideas from?
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    • Profile picture of the author TheGMa
      Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

      Where do you think a lot of WSO sellers get their ideas from?
      Yep, back in the 80's and 90's, the biggies were Declan Dunn, Willie Crawford, Jay Abramson, up-and-coming Lynn Terry, just to name a few I can remember off the top of my gray hair. Actually, there weren't all that many others, not like today.

      That's where today's older marketers got their smarts and ended up publishing their own take and squeeze on the subject. From time to time I recognize paraphrases or even near quotes in WSO funnel pages from the few biggies of those days. Same goes for Cialdini's Influence.

      You can study and use what others have put out there, turn around and provide a tweaked version of your own, and even quote the original author or authors (with full credit) without running into trouble.
      Originally Posted by Asadullah72

      ....On the off chance that you include your own lessons, your own particular contextual analyses, thoughts, and perspectives... all in your own words, then you are off destined for success. Good fortunes.
      and

      Originally Posted by discrat

      Take the time to really create something that expands what you have learned. Take it one step further by deriving your own observations and testing.
      Trust these and other like posts in this thread and you'll be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author quadagon
    I'd imagine that an accurate answer could only be provided by looking at the original material and your completed work.

    Copyright law is seriously complex and goes beyond just changing words - try finding my book Larry Hotter and the thinkers pebble on amazon.

    Seriously seek legal advice on this. There are legal forums online which you can ask this question at a push.

    Now I can't/won't say whether the previous advice you have received is right or wrong. I will say that the logical leap of 'lots of people are doing it' so ot must be lawful' is worrying.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      From your description, it sounds like anything you create (keyword create, no just rewrite) may be based on something you learned, but would inevitably contain your own additions and deletions based on your experience with the method.

      Here's an experiment that should ease your mind...

      Go to Food Network - Easy Recipes, Healthy Eating Ideas and Chef Recipe Videos and search for "roasted chicken" and count the variations. The basic method is the same - season a chicken and cook it in the oven. Yet there are dozens of similar but different recipes.

      Create your own similar but uniquely yours "recipe" and you should be fine.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Where you stand depends on where you sit.

        Say what?

        What you deem copying or merely borrowing from someone else's idea depends upon which side of the table you sit on . . . doesn't it?

        When you sit on your side of the table, almost everything you can think of seems legal and above board as long as you don't copy word for word.

        When you sit on the side of the table that the creator of the original system occupies, almost everything you do is copying and ripping off his hard work.

        If push comes to shove, the judge will judge.

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  • Profile picture of the author jasonthewebmaster
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    You just explained nearly every recycled info-product listed here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Popche
    You can recommend them in your product, that way you give them some credit. But never copy and paste their words.
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  • Profile picture of the author supereek
    In fact perhaps more then half the products you see on CB/JVzoo are inspired by other products, a big cut from them is even another product in a new jacket, slightly tweaked for copyright reasons and *bam*, "new product".
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Many things written were learned from other teaching sources, however you should learn more about derivative works, which could be considered copyright infringement. Spend an hour with an attorney. It's much better than the legal advice you get on a chat forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    It's not the idea that's at issue...

    It's your specific IMPLEMENTATION.

    This spells the difference between simply recycling or coming up with additional value
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan S
    Not a problem at all... but doing it better is more worthwhile and a brand creating strategy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Asadullah72
    I think we all have an ethical compass, and differing on where yours is... you will now what is correct and what isn't right. I've seen it all, with a wide range of results. Toward the day's end it is dependent upon you on what sort of business you wan to run.

    On the off chance that you include your own lessons, your own particular contextual analyses, thoughts, and perspectives... all in your own words, then you are off destined for success. Good fortunes.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Take the time to really create something that expands what you have learned. Take it one step further by deriving your own observations and testing.

      You can just Study the Course and put it in your own words.But really if you do not implement unique additional value, you will just be part of the problem of the internet..i.e making it more clogged up with redundant material


      - Robert Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author FaisalAbdelwahed
    depends, if it is the same method so give them the credit in your report, if it is not the same then don't be afraid to say it was built on some other guy's work, actually your readers will respect you more, this way.
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  • Profile picture of the author greatness008
    It's how half the "gurus" make their living
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  • Profile picture of the author SmartTim
    Yes, created a new course with something that you have learnt and plus something that is new and valuable that gives VALUE! This is the key to success. Gurus also starts from beginner learning everything from snatch.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Brown
    I think yes, it will be encouraged. many courses you see all over the Internet have the same topics and knowledge, but the ways they explained it are different. As long as your explanation is clear and based on your own experiences, it's good for others. You should add your real exp and opinion, those things have great value.
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  • Profile picture of the author smasif15
    I would say it's hundred percent legal to do so,unless you copy thoroughly and i hope you are that much smart enough not to do so.If we don't learn from others than how would we create something better for others.So good luck with your tutorial
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  • Profile picture of the author nancy666
    I don't think it's a problem to use other products to create your own as long as you create the product with your own twist on it and maybe add more content than the original product.
    Everyone is this business has started with help from someone else. Just make sure you have tried the methods on the original product first to make sure they work, and then expand on what you have learned.
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  • Profile picture of the author neteater
    its like my teacher taught my programming can i teach programming to other, and answer is with big LOL, yes you can.
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