Episode #73 // Legal Advice for Creatives with Autumn Witt Boyd

"If you have a ton of free content on your blog, that's valuable, and you should protect it."
- Autumn Witt Boyd

We’re so excited to finally have a lawyer on the show! Autumn Witt Boyd is an attorney who offers legal solutions for creative entrepreneurs—including contracts, copyrights, trademarks, and entity formation.

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Working with a lawyer does not have to be scary (8:09)
  • First legal steps creatives can take to set themselves up as a legitimate business (9:25)
  • The difference between trademarking and copyrighting (11:59)
  • The difference between a sole proprietorship, an LLC, and an S-corp (16:00)
  • Having multiple businesses and using a DBA (21:10)
  • Website terms & conditions and privacy policy (24:57)
  • Copycats and when to sue people or take legal action (29:10)
  • Taking legal action against haters (33:58)
  • Filing a DMCA takedown notice (36:32)
  • Intellectual property vs. copyrighting (40:21)
  • When to hire a lawyer in your business (41:34)
  • Self-publishing books and protecting your work (44:13)
  • Contracts, Affiliate agreements, and giving others your content (46:16)

Protect your content

AUTUMN SAID:

A privacy policy is required by law if you are taking people's personal information. Click To Tweet Terms and conditions tell people what they're allowed to do with the content on your website. Click To Tweet If you have a ton of free content on your blog, that's valuable, and you should protect it. Click To Tweet Consulting with a lawyer to ensure you’re doing what you need to be doing can be really helpful. Click To Tweet

Kathleen said:

Whenever you're feeling jealous, or competitive, ask yourself: What are they taking away from you? Click To Tweet

Emily said:

Basically just don't be an asshole. Click To Tweet Find a lawyer and an accountant who understand your business. Click To Tweet

What are they taking away from you?

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TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Working with a lawyer does not have to be scary (8:09)
  • First legal steps creatives can take to set themselves up as a legitimate business (9:25)
  • The difference between trademarking and copyrighting (11:59)
  • The difference between a sole proprietorship, an LLC, and an S-corp (16:00)
  • Having multiple businesses and using a DBA (21:10)
  • Website terms & conditions and privacy policy (24:57)
  • Copycats and when to sue people or take legal action (29:10)
  • Taking legal action against haters (33:58)
  • Filing a DMCA takedown notice (36:32)
  • Intellectual property vs. copyrighting (40:21)
  • When to hire a lawyer in your business (41:34)
  • Self-publishing books and protecting your work (44:13)
  • Contracts, Affiliate agreements, and giving others your content (46:16)

RESOURCES DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE

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Braid Creative
The Braid Method Branding ECourse

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Indie Shopography
Rock Your Web Design Business
Indie Tactics Newsletter

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