I wanna make an android app based on Chanakya Niti, for that I definitely need a source and i have a book for that but the confusion is it says you can't copy the content in any form. How can any publisher claim copyright on the teachings of person used to live in India centuries ago. The confusion is many people are saying it's in public domain, you can make an app but the source like books saying you can't copy the content.

The second confusion is few people have said that you can't make money outta it but the developers are already making money by monetizing their app. I wanna make more money by putting it in "in app-purchases" category, so why I can't do that?

Any suggestion is appreciated.

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    Thanks for improving your question by making it clear what you want to know. In future, this should be done using the edit link, and not by posting a new question. – wizzwizz4 Mar 19 '17 at 17:32
  • If you have so much problem using the book you have as a source, here's a copy of one book; I have not been able to find the other. – wizzwizz4 Mar 19 '17 at 17:41
  • @SingulaereEntitaet please don't answer in comments - that's what answers are for. – Dale M Mar 19 '17 at 19:20

The author of the book may have a copyright, because he created a new piece of work from the/a original work. For example, by translating it in another language or in a modernized language, by rearranging the content, by adding images or commentaries etc. You will therefore have to find a book or other source that is not or not anymore copyrighted.

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