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asdfsafadsfdsafds [#PrinceTaughtUs] Legal lessons we can learn from Prince about creative entrepreneurship

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Prince was no stranger to legal matters and doing what was necessary to protect his intellectual property ownership. In 1993, we saw him change his name from Prince to The Artist Formerly Known As… in order to get out of a contract with Warner Brothers. Then, there was the 2008 Coachella débâcle where he sent similar takedown notices to YouTube demanding removal of his performance of Radiohead’s song “Creep.” In 2013, we saw him send DMCA takedown notices to Vine for six



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asdfsafadsfdsafds [Building a Brand] The #GIRLBOSS Intellectual Property Strategy

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Just ten years after the launch of an e-bay store with a highly curated selection of vintage threads, Sophia Amoruso has turned both Nasty Gal and #GIRLBOSS into a serious creative empire. I’ve been watching the evolution of her company and brand for quite some time now. When I learned the latest news — that we’ll soon see a #GIRLBOSS original series on Netflix — I had to write about the intellectual property strategy behind the brand. I think her story showcases an



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asdfsafadsfdsafds If you’re launching (a biz) while working you must know 3 things about your employment agreement.

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I know what it’s like. You’ve been job hunting forever (and ever). Finally, you land a gig that is the perfect fit (for right now). You can finally relax a bit. You’re beyond ready for that first pay check. You don’t even mind that your new company told you there’s going to be a three week waiting period… In the frenzy and excitement of new jobship, you can’t wait to sign those papers. All of the papers. Yesss. When you



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asdfsafadsfdsafds How do you protect your trademarks when collaborating with someone else?

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As a creative entrepreneur, you are probably exploring collaborations and partnerships with other peeps. These collabs are likely to manifest in the form of: A signature event A class A bundle of services A single service offering Or maybe you’ve decided to partner up more long term and actually form a business with someone. Either way, one of the first topics you should address is…. *Insert drum roll* “Who owns the name?” Yep. So, how do you protect your trademarks when collaborating



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asdfsafadsfdsafds What is a trademark clearance + why you absolutely must have one.

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There are two very important (read: equally as important) steps in the trademark process. The first step is the trademark clearance, and second is the trademark registration. Usually, when peeps are trying to DIY their trademark registrations, they skip the first part. And, that’s why we are going to discuss it here. What is a trademark clearance? A trademark clearance is a full review of common law (unregistered) trademarks, pending and abandoned trademark applications, and existing and expired trademarks to



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Are you infringing on someone’s trademark?

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Are you infringing on someone’s trademark?

Most times, when I talk about copycats + thieves I do it from the perspective of you being the do-gooder who needs to protect their brand. But, in reality, you may be the offender. You may not even know it. You, dear genius, may be unknowingly infringing on someone’s trademark. Everyone makes mistakes. But, this is a huge faux pas that can cost you a pretty penny… So, let’s reel you in now. Let’s talk about what actually constitutes trademark infringement. For purposes



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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 4 ways the law can supercharge your coaching business so you can impact more people and make more cash.

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  I wrote a guest blog post over on Rebecca Dickson’s blog that I’ll pretty much call my legal tell-all for business coaches of all kinds. I wanted to give a sneak peek excerpt over here, but ask that you visit her blog to read the entire thing. You don’t want to miss it. Trust me.  These days, it seems like everyone’s an entrepreneur. And, as the small business industry grows, the coaching industry grows also at rapid pace – life



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