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Category Archives for Copyright

Copyright tips and tricks for your business – training with Rachel Brenke (S3E52)


Learn all things copyright for your business in this joint podcast episode + training with lawyer Rachel Brenke.  

Copyright law is designed to protect creative works, but in order to take advantage of those protections, you have to take certain steps first. In this episode I cover:

  • The many benefits of registering your copyrights, especially in licensing
  • The importance of spelling out who retains ownership of creative works in contracts with independent contractors
  • Why it’s even more important to have a contract in place when working with friends and family
  • Who has ownership of a podcast episode with a guest appearance
  • When you can appropriately use the © or ® symbols
  • What constitutes infringement

Key takeaway: Copyright law can be complicated, with a lot of potentially expensive implications for your business. Working with a trusted attorney upfront can save you time, effort and money when it comes to enforcing your copyrights.

Additional Resources: 

www.rachelbrenke.com

Sign up below to get a free 5 Minute Intellectual Property Audit. You’ll learn how you can make more money from the copyrights and trademarks in your business (you can also sign up there to be the first to know when new episodes are live and receive other legal updates and special offers from the AWB Firm).

This podcast is information, not legal advice specific to your situation.

Your rights when writing a book (S2E29)


If you’ve written a book or are in the process of writing a book, join me for this week’s episode where I discuss protecting the intellectual property in your book. You pour your heart and soul into the body of work you create. Protecting the intellectual property in your book is essential to making sure all of your hard work continues to work for you and not for others.

Listen and learn:

  • Why early copyright registration is essential to protecting yourself and your book
  • What elements of your book are covered by copyright
  • The potential cost of a copyright infringement lawsuit
  • What you should know about co-author agreements
  • How contracts can save you when working with independent contractors
  • Why you might not be able to trademark your book title

KEY TAKEAWAY: There are a lot of moving parts involved in writing a book, and it can be overwhelming to make sure your legal house is in order. A trusted legal advisor can help make sure you and your book are protected before you publish.

Sign up below to get a free 5 Minute Intellectual Property Audit to learn how you can make more money from the copyrights and trademarks in your business (plus be the first to know when new episodes are live).

This podcast is information, not legal advice specific to your situation.

Stacy Tuschl on building empires with legal help (LRM S2E20)


Stacy Tuschl of She’s Building Her Empire talks about the benefits of working with a lawyer vs. an online platform when it comes to copyrights and trademarks.

Listen and learn:

  • Why putting things out there before they’re (or you’re) ready can be the best way to go
  • Why not working with a lawyer on your trademark can leave your brand open to copycats
  • The importance of knowing the difference between an independent contractor and an employee, as they relate to your business
  • How the right pricing attracts the kind of clients you want to work with
  • How valuable it is to have a lawyer on your team who knows your business

KEY TAKEAWAY: If you’re ready to reach your big goals or build your empire, the best place to start is on a firm legal foundation.

Sign up below to get a free 5 Minute Intellectual Property Audit to learn how you can make more money from the copyrights and trademarks in your business (plus be the first to know when new episodes are live).

This podcast is information, not legal advice specific to your situation.

Does your business need to protect its intellectual property? (LRM S2E19)


Is your business the type that needs to worry about intellectual property rights?  This week I talk about why your business may or may not need to protect its copyrights and trademarks.

Listen and learn:

  • Which types of business are more likely to need intellectual property protection
  • The difference between copyrights and trademarks
  • Who needs to register a trademark or copyright
  • The issues your business may face if your brand is built on your own name
  • The benefits of registering with the U.S. Copyright Office or U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

KEY TAKEAWAY: Not every business needs to invest in intellectual property protections. For businesses that make their money from their brand, their creativity, or their content, you must make smart decisions early in your business to have strong intellectual property rights that are properly protected for the long haul.

Sign up below to get a free 5 Minute Intellectual Property Audit to learn how you can make more money from the copyrights and trademarks in your business (plus be the first to know when new episodes are live).

This podcast is information, not legal advice specific to your situation.

Dealing with copycats who rip off your content or brand name (LRM S1E11)


As a creative business owner, at some point, you will probably find someone has copied your best stuff or started a business or product with a very similar name as yours. Learn how to respond when this happens to protect your business and brand.

(Be sure to listen to Episode 5 first for an overview of the different kinds of IP; Episode 11 builds on Episode 5).

Episode highlights:

  • What steps can you take to avoid someone copying you?
  • What evidence should you keep in your files if you find you’ve been copied?
  • How can you get someone to stop copying you without a lawyer?
  • What is a DMCA takedown notice and how can this help you stop copycats?
  • When should you consider hiring a lawyer?
  • What is the process for filing an infringement lawsuit and what does it cost?

KEY TAKEAWAY: Protecting your rights from copycats may be easier than you think, many people don’t know how the laws work and often a gentle heads up and request that they stop will work wonders.

Sign up below for swipe copy you can use to write your own cease and desist letter to send to a copycat (plus be the first to know when new episodes are live).

This podcast is information not legal advice specific to your situation.

Help! I just got a cease and desist letter, what do I do? (LRM S1E9)


You got a letter saying you’ve infringed intellectual property rights in someone’s copyright, trademark, or patent. Now what? Learn what a “cease and desist” letter and “DMCA takedown notice” are, and some steps you might take on your own without hiring a lawyer.

(Be sure to listen to Episode 5 first for an overview of the different kinds of IP; Episode 9 builds on Episode 5).

Episode highlights:

  • What is a “cease and desist” letter?
  • What is a “DMCA takedown notice”?
  • How to investigate on your own
  • When a sincere apology might do the trick
  • What evidence should you keep in your files
  • How to evaluate the risk of a lawsuit
  • When you should consider hiring a lawyer

KEY TAKEAWAY: You can avoid getting a cease and desist letter by creating your own stuff or getting permission, but if you make a mistake, you might be able to fix it on your own by apologizing and taking down the infringing content.

Sign up below for a 5 step guide to respond to a cease and desist letter (plus be the first to know when new episodes are live).

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Copyright and Trademark 201, using other people’s photos, videos, music, and more legally (LRM S1E8)


How can you use content created by other people like photos, videos, music, or text (third-party content) the right way in your business? Learn all about fair use and how to stay out of legal hot water with copyrights and trademarks.

(Be sure to listen to Episodes 5, 6 and 7 first for an overview of the different kinds of IP; Episode 8 builds on those episodes).

Episode highlights:

  • What’s in the public domain?
  • Ask permission – the safest bet
  • Using other people’s content on social media (re-pinning, re-posting, re-gramming)
  • Copyright fair use – there is no magic % you can change and be safe
  • Trademarks – rules for selling things made with licensed fabric, plus can you use college sports and NFL logos, movie and book titles and characters, quotes and song lyrics?

KEY TAKEAWAY: If you don’t have permission, you’re probably infringing. Create your own stuff or get permission (in writing!) or risk getting a nasty letter or being sued.

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This podcast is information not legal advice specific to your situation.

Copyright 101, who owns what, plus the huge benefits of registering early (LRM S1E7)


Want to stop copycats in their tracks? Learn how copyright law automatically protects your creative content like your blog, photos, videos, and e-courses, and the huge benefit you can get by registering your copyrights ASAP.

(Be sure to listen to Episode 5 first for an overview of the different kinds of IP; Episode 7 builds on Episode 5).

Episode highlights:

  • Who owns what?
  • How to be sure your business owns copyrights when your employees or contractors do the creating
  • Tricky ownership issues with co-creators
  • What rights does a copyright owner get?
  • Crazy good benefits of copyright registration
  • How does the federal copyright registration process work? Do you need to hire an attorney?
  • How long does a copyright registration last?
  • Should you use the © symbol?

KEY TAKEAWAY: Copyright registration is easy and inexpensive — this is a MUST for any business that’s making money from content like a blog, videos, e-course, or other digital products.

Sign up below for a Copyright 101 guide (plus be the first to know when new episodes are live).

This podcast is information not legal advice specific to your situation.

IP for your business, copyrights, trademarks, patents, and more (LRM S1E5)


Copyrights, trademarks, and patents, oh my! What intellectual property does your creative business own that’s worth protecting? This primer will help you identify what’s valuable in your business and how you can protect and make money with IP registrations.

Episode highlights:

  • Copyrights: protect creative works
  • Trademarks: protect brands, company names, logos
  • Patents: protect inventions, processes, manufactured designs
  • Trade secrets: protect things you keep secret and give you a competitive advantage
  • Right of publicity: protects use of your name or likeness (images where your face is
  • recognizable)

KEY TAKEAWAY: If it’s valuable to your business, it’s worth protecting. If someone copied your content or started a business with a similar name, would you (or your business income) be devastated? Then it’s worth investing in legal protections for your IP.

Sign up below for a cheat sheet about what copyrights, trademarks, and patents protect and how they’re different (plus be the first to know when new episodes are live).

This podcast is information not legal advice specific to your situation.