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asdfsafadsfdsafds What legal stuff do I need to know about using Canva to DIY my graphic design?

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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to host an Ask-A-Lawyer desk at Alt Design Summit. I fielded legal questions from creative entrepreneurs and bloggers, and had a blast. I wanted to write a follow-up blog post on one question that came up because it required a more detailed response than I could give in a few minutes. Do I own the graphics I create on Canva? In short, the answer to this question is “It’s complicated. very.” Canva has



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asdfsafadsfdsafds How to make sure you actually own the creative work outsourced to your graphic designer.

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Did you know that you don’t necessarily own the copyright to creative work you hired someone else to produce for your business? That’s right. Just because you hired (and paid) someone to…. design a logo write your marketing copy shoot your promotional video illustrate your process take photos of your jewelry… record opening music for your web series It doesn’t mean that you actually own that creation. When you hire someone as a contractor by default they retain ownership in whatever creative



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Five questions you must ask before sharing your new creative work.

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The foundation of leveraging your creativity for cash, impact and legacy is having a solid legal + business strategy. As a content creator in your business (or maybe content creation is your business) you need to ask yourself some key questions up front. Each and every time you create. Remember, your creative work can include: Blog posts Book drafts Course curriculum Images Illustrations Paintings Videos The questions that I’m giving you are important for two huge reasons: It will help you



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Here’s a simple 3 step system you can set up to protect your creative work.

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We recently chatted about the power in your content and the importance of registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office. Typically, when I breakdown the fees and ease in registering copyrights, the very next thing peeps ask is, But how do I handle everything I’ve created so far? I’ve created so much I’ll never find the time… That’s a very real concern. I recommend prioritizing your previous work instead of trying to tackle everything, now. This is something I counsel my



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Do I legally own the content or designs created by someone I hired from Fiverr?

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I’ve had a few people ask me whether they own the copyright in works created by someone hired on Fiverr. This is a very important question because you want to own all of the creative work in your business – it’s a part of your brand and an intangible asset. The default rule is that the creator owns the copyright in the work he/she created unless he/she enters an agreement that says otherwise. Remember, I’ve said that you absolutely must peek at the Terms of



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Do you legally own your Periscope content?

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I’ve been on Periscope chatting it up on why your content is queen (I legit love it over there). With Periscope being the latest and greatest in social media land I thought it was important to answer the important question of… Do I legally own my Periscope content? I’m so glad you asked.  Most creative entrepreneurs and innovators are avid social media users. Why wouldn’t we be? It’s one of the absolute greatest ways to share our message, connect with new



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asdfsafadsfdsafds The one step you must take to legally protect your content, stop losing money + leverage your creativity for cash.

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The one step you must take to legally protect your content, stop losing money + leverage your creativity for cash.

Hey there, amazing…. branding consultant photographer artist maker copy writer author blogger business coach entrepreneur… I’m willing to bet my entire week’s income that there is one thing you’re doing each and every week in your business. That one thing could be a huge money maker but because you don’t know where to pay attention you overlook it’s full power. You’re creating content. You’re probably creating: beautiful images to promote your brand on social media amazing copy to market your services



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asdfsafadsfdsafds [Resource] Learn How to Leverage Your Creativity + Get Ahead in Business

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[Resource] Learn How to Leverage Your Creativity + Get Ahead in Business

As I continue to build my own, creative business, I’ve learned several #geniuscodes that are helping me create a thriving business that I love. I am still learning and growing, but part of my mission is to share my experiences and lessons with you – my creative entrepreneur peeps. Enjoy this #geniuscode resource.  #geniuscode one. Competition is Your Business Best Friend. A while ago, I blogged about how competition didn’t exist (yea, really). I’d never felt competition existed in my own business,



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Did you know that you don’t own your company’s logo?

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You’ve got major plans, right? (Of course you do). You put your heart (and soul) into finalizing a logo with your graphic designer. All those drafts. Colors. Font types.  And finally, FINALLY the perfect combo grabbed your attention. It was fun. Engaging. Memorable… The perfect anecdote to get customers front and center at your truck. You probably signed a design agreement when starting the process (and if not, shame on the both of you!). Even if you skipped that important step, you



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asdfsafadsfdsafds One way to protect your creative work online…(and it’s free).

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One way to protect your creative work online…(and it’s free).

You’re a genius. (You knew that right?) And finally, you started sharing your mind-blowing craft with the world. Your words. Your art. Your images. Your sounds (think music, podcasts, etc). Larger-than-life opportunities are in your midst. So, share on. The world needs to witness your work. Source: Giphy   However, you know like I do that people take sh#@ that doesn’t belong to them. I see conversations happening on Twitter and Facebook, every single day. “Someone reposted my article and



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