Publishing Out of Copyright Works First off, I'm not a writer, I'm more of a creative minded marketing guy so my apologies for potentially being in the wrong place. However, I thought this might just be the kind of forum where I'd get the best answers to my questions. I've been searching for a small marketing project to start on the side. I love the creative business and always wanted to work in this area. After contemplating exactly how to start for awhile, I came across the world of books that have fallen out of copyright (expired). Since I'm just wanting to put my toe in the water here, I find these types of works attractive. It would be much simpler not having to partner with anyone and avoiding the mess of differing personalities and goals etc. I've read up on it a bit, but have more questions regarding this area and how best to handle different situations. So here's my initial idea and if you like, please pull it apart and tell me why I can't do this, thanks! I find an novel or short story that is out of copyright protection, I update the language (since it was probably written 100yrs ago), give the characters new names, re-title, re-edit, re-illustrate the book and re-publish it in some form. Depending on how long it is, maybe I even cut it up into smaller parts and re-release them individually. Now granted, this is very much like one of those big corporations swooping in and buying up a smaller company, laying everyone off and then breaking it up into pieces and selling it, but it also gives the work new life. After reading a few parts of some old books like these, I'm already very suspicious that Hollywood doesn't repackage old stories like this as some movies seem to follow them exactly. First question is, can I do this? Next question, if I make these changes does this make it a new work or an adaptation of the old, how do you classify this type of "touch up"? I'm thinking it should be possible to copyright the new illustration of the characters, but can you re-copyright/trademark any parts of the new work to keep someone from simply re-printing this new edition?