Originally Posted by rem736
thanks. i am not worried about my right to use the PD work. i'm just wondering how publishing companies do so when they are clearly PD.
though i don't plan to do it, it does mean that i can just take a PD work out of gutenberg, take out any reference to gutenberg, change the font and layout, slap a forward on it, and claim that i myself have copyrighted the work and sell it online. does that make sense to anyone?
You can only lay claim to any different layout & artwork you attach to the PD work but not the content. At least that's how I understand it. But than again, I was wrong before (I think last in 1985