I was wondering if it is allowed to apply for a copyright on public domain videos. If so, can it be the original or does the video have to be modified or digitally enhanced? This question is related to what I had planned on having as a bonus for my product.
Initially, I was planning to have some vintage videos as a bonus to my product, as they directly relate to the product. I then discovered that there is someone on eBay selling those exact same vids because they are in the public domain. I need an opinion on if I should 1) also sell those same vids on ebay, 2) copyright protect them (if that's allowed) and eliminate the seller as competition (he sells may other vintage materials) or 3) still proceed with the plan of including these videos as a bonus. If I use them as a bonus, I am just sending out a link that leads to my website where they can be viewed.
One final question, how could I turn this into a lead capture if I use them as bonuses. I currently don't have a newsletter, so once they are on my site I would need another reason to capture their email.