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Nicholette, one of my favorite business buddies sat down with me to chat about all things legal and Canva related. I'll let her take it from here.
Nicholette: There are two types of Canva people (okay maybe more, but stay with me here), the one is nervous about breaking the law when they use Canva and the other doesn't even know that there are legal consequences to think about.
Which one are you?
I was both. I went from not even thinking it's a thing to being uber paranoid. I don't want either one for you.
As my friend Tamsen Horton likes to remind me "every business decision, has a legal impact".
I've been keeping a list of all your legal questions (keep em coming babe) and I asked Tamsen to set the record straight on staying legal with Canva without letting it keep you stuck and not taking action on sharing about your business, using visuals.
Questions like ...
"Put your shoes on."
"Please eat breakfast."
"No, I don't know where your shoes are."
I don't know about you but our mornings used to be ripe with these and probably a hundred others. Kip is going back to school in a few weeks, and I wanted to keep up the fun, relaxed, and enjoyable mornings that we've had going for the past few months. I didn't want to turn into nagging mommy, stressed-out mommy, or "hurry up!!!" mommy.
Enter my new morning miracle worker ... the hourglass timer.
I've been trying to figure out how to help Kip (5 years old) the concept of time but using the timer on his iPad was not working as he'd end up mesmerized by that intoxicating screen and still not get done what he needed to do.
I hopped over to my good friend, Mr. Amazon, and found these great hourglass timers. I quickly ordered three of them: hour, 3o minutes, and 5 minutes. My requirements were: not breakable. The 5-minute timer arrived with a cracked shell but the box looked like it'd been run...
Can I play music while live streaming?
No. If you play music without the proper legal permissions you are committing copyright infringement.
But everyone else is doing it.
Yes, they are. And they are also breaking the law.
But I'm not making any money.
I know. But making money is not a requirement for copyright infringement to apply. Simply using content that is not yours (and that falls within the protections of the copyright laws) is all that it takes to commit copyright infringement.
But it's in the public domain.
Nope, it's probably not. There is very little copyrighted material actually within the public domain. And more than likely...
I had the sheer joy and pleasure to sit down and gab with Jonathan all about copyright laws and how they impact our world as creators. Thankfully my good friend Bonnie L. Frank joined in and helped us get all the amazing questions answered! This is a longer blab ... so when you have an hour and want to invest in your knowledge about such an important subject to your business - this is a great way to spend that time!
Jonathan is the real deal and I encourage you to connect with the great community he's building over at Blabnation.
Dave and I got together and took specific questions from his creative community regarding copyrighting creative work and broke it down step-by-step. Click here to listen to the podcast....
Think about all the places you are using your name in your business. Every single instance is impacting trademark law. The reason for this extreme level of impact is that the purpose of a trademark is to identify and distinguish the source of goods and services for consumers, so that when they are shopping in the marketplace - they can easily see a brand and know whether they'd like to purchase.
When you know WHY you need to pay attention to trademark laws as you are busy building a business around a name/brand, then you are able to protect ALL the:
The personal and professional lives of small business owners are oftentimes so intertwined that it's hard to set boundaries and find balance. I'd like to offer a few thoughts on how you can work to find a work/life balance.
It's totally misleading to small business owners. Just hearing the word balance makes me think of a balance beam (I could totally fall off of) or scales of justice (someone is going to lose), or a teeter-totter (who doesn't love the teeter-totter?)
So as a small business owner I take the teeter-totter approach because afterall it's a piece of play equipment and I think showcases what modern-day balancing is truly about: up and down, equally weighted on each side, and you don't stay on it all day and night.
Now I didn't arrive at my "balance theory" overnight, hardly, it's been five years of struggling, thinking, revising, and reinventing what it means to me to live a life that I love and run a small...
Are you ready to move your business forward? Do you have an income goal you've set for yourself this year? Or perhaps a connection you'd like to make? A product you'd like to release?
Well then you need systems and you definitely need to know where legal coverage comes into play - otherwise, you'll find yourself and your business stalled and unable to move forward, or worse run into an issue that forces you to take a few steps back.
Click here to access the worksheet.
Ready to be on the beach without your laptop because your work is done? Ready to really only work that couple of hours a day? Good because around here we simplify while we protect what matters most. Love to have you join in.