Think of the Internet as a moshpit, a collection of priceless intellectual property. Now think of your creative business, a supremely valuable but less chaotic hub of ideas, designs, text, methods, agreements, secrets and more. This course starts with the basics of copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents and contracts. It will then examine what aspects of a business can and cannot be protected, how to police these assets, how to use other people’s intellectual property and how to decipher your next move when that dreaded lawyer letter arrives.
Here's a fun five minute video of Sarah using candy to illustrate the differences between copyrights, trademarks, and patent.
Skillshare HQ (Front Room)
407 Broome St Suite 5A
New York, NY
I'm a lawyer. I'm a small business owner. I'm a creative person and an artist. I'm a writer and a speaker. I've spent many years practicing law and talking with creative and small business folks. And wow, I have so many stories to share of lessons learned. I'm here to divulge some insider secrets to you!
This plain English (I’m not into talking in legalese), example rich and visually engaging class starts with an introduction to intellectual property. Then we'll dive into some creative business, artist and entrepreneur specific issues and questions.
- What is intellectual property?
- What intellectual property protection options do creative businesses have? What is protected and what is not protected?
- What is the difference between copyrights, trademarks, and patents? What about other options, like contracts and trade secrets? What if a business has not done anything to protect their intellectual property?
- What if a business is inspired by another business? In other words, how can you use other people's work?
- What are some options if you think another person or business copied you?
- How can a business share ideas?
- What should you do to try to mediate a dispute without a lawyer?
- Where can you find additional legal information?
The class concludes with a question and answer session. You’ll leave with a brain full of legal knowledge and a handy document bursting with important information and resources.
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDTAdd to Cal
Born an artist, Sarah Feingold decided that the best way to protect creative folk like herself was to go to law school. She currently serves as counsel at Etsy and specializes in intellectual property, business and ecommerce law. When she’s not practicing law, she's speaking or writing about legal issues (Sarah penned the ebook “Copyright for Artists”) or hammering silver in her tiny Brooklyn apartment kitchen.