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    Do I have to Register my Creative Works? This is a question I get a lot.  Do I HAVE to register my creative works with the Copyright Office?  Let me answer with a few questions that may help make my point.  Do you have to eat vegetables?  Do you have to exercise?  Do you have…

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    The post Legal Lingo Part III: Copyright Registration is Like Eating Your Southern Cooked Veggies! appeared first on The Southern C.


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    Getting and staying legal is something you should only have to do once and revisit a few times every year. Below, we’re uncovering six common legal myths busted – yes, just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t mean it’s okay or even legal (don’t shoot the messenger!). Treat yo’ self and get this done…

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    The post Debunking 6 Legal Myths for Creative Business Owners appeared first on The Southern C.


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    As I talk to various groups, I discuss many topics that relate to creative business and entrepreneurship—contracts, copyrights, trademarks, licensing, e-commerce, patents, employment issues, taxes, and minimizing risk and liability.  Sometime last week it occurred to me that as I was speaking to various clients, they had all made a choice to allow me to…

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    The post 4 Factors to Help You Choose the Right Attorney appeared first on The Southern C.


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    Photography is a huge part of a creatives business whether you sell products or services, or maintain a blog.  We all know a picture is worth a thousand words…and maybe even a thousand dollars.  This recent case is fascinating in that there are several point to take away from this situation. Think about how this…

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    The post Photography and Copyright Issues appeared first on The Southern C.


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    With the start of a new year, it’s time to make sure, as I like to call it, your “back end ducks are in a row.”  I’m referring to the foundational part of your business–not the pretty shiny part that your customers or clients see – but the behind-the-scenes that protects and bolsters that pretty shiny part.…

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    The post Assessing Your Business’ Foundation: 7 Areas of Consideration appeared first on The Southern C.


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    After attending my 3rd Summit, I’ve been reflecting on the presentations, conversations, and topics of interest.  One that continued to pop up in each of those was hashtags.  We use them for search optimization; we use them to get the attention of companies we admire; and we use them to signal to our audience that,…

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    The post #MYHASHTAG: 5 Tips on Using Hashtags Legally as it Relates to Your Brand appeared first on The Southern C.


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    Names… We have them. We give them.  We hate them. We love them.  We, sometimes, even have derivatives; think nicknames. As you have heard on this blog, at the Summit, and no doubt, various other information outlets, the name you use is extremely important in your business.  It signals your brand. We spend hours, days,…

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    The post The Name Game: Should You Name Your Business After Yourself? appeared first on The Southern C.


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    You have probably heard it a million times…”Someone stole my idea!!” Or maybe you were the one saying it!  “I worked really hard on this, and they took it and ran with it!”  I certainly don’t want to even think that anyone reading this would every consider doing such a thing, I declare!  But, I…

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    The post Collaborate With Care: Why Every Creative Entrepreneur Should Use a Non-Disclosure Agreement appeared first on The Southern C.


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    Any time you enter into a discussion with another party or business, it is always wise to have a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in place and executed. Last month I discussed NDAs—what they are and why they are important. I received quite a bit of feedback from that article, so I thought we would dig a little…

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    The post Understanding the Parts of a Non-Disclosure Agreement (the DNA of the NDA) appeared first on The Southern C.


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    If you have employees, or plan to hire them in the near future, this post is for you.  As a business owner, rules can be such a difficult thing to implement.  At the beginning, it may just be you running your store or website, however as you grow—and that is the goal—rules need to be put…

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    The post The Importance of an Employee Handbook appeared first on The Southern C.


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    It’s now been about four months since the 2018 Southern C Summit. #timeflies And as I review my notes from the Summit (something you should do throughout the year!) and compare them to the real-life experiences I see my clients and myself facing, I wanted to expand on some legal topics that came up at…

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    The post Four Months Post-Summit: Reflections and Motivations appeared first on The Southern C.