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Crash Course in Creative Law

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There’s a reason you became a designer, and it probably didn’t have anything to do with legalese. You’re an expert in color, fabric, floor plans and furniture schemes, not intellectual property and trademark protection. If you’re already confused, don’t fret. Angie Avard Turner, an actual lawyer for creative business owners who also owned a seven-figure wholesale company and is married to a designer, is here to be your legal sherpa. In this multi-part series, Angie will take you on a deep dive that runs through the most frequent issues designers face, like when you really ought to seek legal advice and how to choose the right attorney. Clients can be difficult enough, and legal troubles shouldn’t slow you down.


Part I: Contracts and Non-Negotiables
Wednesday July 24, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Master the art of creating an airtight contract with clients, vendors, employees/contractors, and with collaborators—including the essential clauses you need to protect yourself when things don’t work out as planned.

In this course, you will learn:
What should go into the following documents:
- Client Agreements
-Work Agreements and Independent Contract Agreements
- Non-Disclosure Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements and Non-Compete Agreements
- Collaboration Agreements
- Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies

After this class, you will have:
- A process for presenting contract documents to your counterpart (to take away the awkwardness on both sides)
- A working knowledge of the most frequently used agreements in the design industry
- An understanding of what components are necessary—and which sections of each contract are negotiable


Part II: Protecting Yourself Online
Wednesday July 31, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
WWW doesn’t stand for wild wild west, although the world wide web can certainly feel that way. Having a basic understanding of the rapidly-changing rules and regulations of the internet is a must. In part II of our legal series, creative lawyer Angie Turner will walk you through how to protect yourself and your content online.

In this course, you will learn:
- What you have to have on your website to comply with the law and protect yourself
- Who owns your online and social media content, and how to protect it
- How to legally and respectfully re-post someone else’s content

After this class, you will have:
- A thorough understanding of the law that applies to intellectual property online and on social media
- The knowledge of how to protect yourself and your content


Part III: Intellectual Property Basics
Wednesday August 7, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Designers, how do you protect your work? What recourse do you have if you get knocked off? In part III of our legal series, creative lawyer Angie Turner breaks down ways to protect your intellectual property through copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and licensing, so you can say goodbye to pesky copycats. .

In this course, you will learn:
- Legal definitions and proper applications of copyright, trademarks and patents
- The best ways to legally protect your trade secrets
- How to make sure you’re covered when monetizing your intellectual property

After this class, you will have:
- A better understanding of what items in your business can be protected using intellectual property registration
- A process for creating designs that deter copycats


Part IV: Know Your Copyrights
Wednesday August 14, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Copyright can cover all sorts of different categories of creative works, like art, accessories, carvings, furniture (sometimes!), and of course, photos and written content. In part IV, creative lawyer Angie Turner will discuss when it’s appropriate to file for copyright protection, what exactly is covered, and how to recognize infringement.

In this course, you will learn:
- When you should file for copyright protection
- The rights you have as a copyright owner
- What is the Public Domain?
- What is Fair Use?
- How to prevent infringement (and how to avoid infringing)

After this class, you will have:
- A thorough understanding of copyright law as it applies to design
- A list of best practices to protect your creative work


Part V: Trademark Strategy
Wednesday August 21, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Did you know you can trademark a hashtag? In part V, creative lawyer Angie Turner will discuss when it’s appropriate to file for trademark protection, what exactly is covered, and how to recognize infringement.

In this course, you will learn:
- When you should file for trademark protection
- The rights you have as a trademark owner
- How to prevent infringement (and how to avoid infringing)
- How hashtags are affected by trademark law
- How trade dress, a little known area of trademark law, could benefit designers

After this class, you will have:
- A thorough understanding of trademark law as it applies to desig
- A list of best practices to protect your brand


Part VI: International brand protection
Wednesday August 21, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Your brand is taking off like gangbusters stateside, and you’re ready to take your show on the road. In part V, creative lawyer Angie Turner is here to walk you through how to cover your intellectual property (IP) when you’re ready to move beyond the American market with a deep dive on international laws and regulations. Note: this is a 200-level course for those who have already taken Parts III, IV and V of the series.

In this course, you will learn:
- What parts of your intellectual property are covered abroad, and what rights you have as an IP owner
- When and how to file for international IP registration
- How to prevent knock-offs, and how to avoid infringing on another brand

After this class, you will have:
- An appreciation of how protecting your brand and designs is affected by international law
- A list of considerations to help plan to move your brand or designs beyond the United States.


Additional Information
This webinar is conducted through AdobeConnect. All you need to join is reliable internet access and computer speakers with good volume. Instructions on how to join will be sent out the night before and morning of the webinar.

Did you know members of BOH Insider get unlimited free LAUNCH classes? Click here to learn more.
BOH Insider members looking to take this class, please email ktrepanier@businessofhome.com to be added to the registration list.


About the Instructor:

Angie Avard Turner, a native of Thomasville, GA, is an attorney who loves pattern and color. After over 20 years in retail, 14 years in wholesale, and 8 years in licensing, Angie decided to give the people what they were asking for—an attorney who was familiar with the needs of creative entrepreneurs. Angie earned her law degree from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 2000, and is currently is enrolled at her alma mater where she completed more than half of the coursework to receive an LLM in Intellectual Property. As a designer, artist, author, blogger and entrepreneur, she understands the legal needs of creative businesses because she owns and operates one. Angie has always loved being creative; since beginning a wholesale gift manufacturing company back in 2003, when people learned she was an attorney too, they were very quick to ask all sorts of legal questions pertaining to the industry. Angie believes that her entrepreneurial experience coupled with her legal education uniquely situate her to give an interesting twist on how the law can affect one's creative endeavors. Angie has been a legal presenter at the Atlanta Gift Show, Southern C Summit Alt Summer 2019 in Palm Springs, at Jennifer and Jennifer Alwood’s Equipped Conference, at the Makers Collective Summit in Greenville, SC. She’s written for Gift Shop magazine and Southern C blog, and is regularly featured at AmericasMart and ADAC in Atlanta. In 2018 she launched her latest endeavor, Prep’d for Success, a one stop on line shop for creative business resources.

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