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This information is provided for educational and informational purposes and is an excerpt from BIZLEBOX™ - the legal lunchbox for your PB&J. Since every single decision we make in our businesses has a legal impact point, make sure that you're talking with an attorney you know, like, and trust before acting on anything you read, hear, or see.

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...

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Copyrighting Creative Work

When you know what your real assets are, how to protect them, and when to protect them - you are in a powerful position and driving your business and brand in the direction that you want.

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!

Blab with Jonathan Trip

 

Jonathan is the real deal and I encourage you to connect with the great community he's building over at Blabnation. 


My legal Q&A with Fresh Rag's Dave Conrey

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....

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How do I go about trademarking my business?

Updated 8/10/16

You have to know how to

  • run a trademark search,
  • where to file your application, and
  • who is going to handle the trademark registration in order to protect the name/brand that you're building your business around.

Massive benefits of knowing HOW to trademark your business

  • You stop stressing over "Is my name safe?" ~ You know that you're not committing trademark infringement, and you know HOW to make sure your own name/brand is on solid legal footing.
  • You know where to run a trademark search ~ no more mindlessly searching Google trying to figure out WHERE the legal information is that you need.
  • You know how to find the application ~ you know how to start it, save it, and submit it.
  • You know what you're comfortable doing ~ you can save money and time because you know what parts of the trademarking process you want to handle, and which ones you want to hand over to someone else.
  • You know what you're not comfortable doing ~ so you don't waste your time, money, and...
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Why You Need to Understand Trademark Laws

Every single business decision you make triggers and impacts trademark laws.

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. 

Massive benefits of understanding WHY you need to pay attention to trademark laws

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:

  • Money and time you've spent on branding,
  • Money and time you've spent on your landing pages,
  • Money and time spent on design and layout of email sequences,
  • Money and time you've spent on your social media accounts,
  • Money and time you've spent on your website,
  • Money and...
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