The Craft Artist's Legal Guide

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Nolo, May 18, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 400 pages
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Take care of the legal and business side of your business and focus on creating your crafts! Crafting for profit is on the rise, and you may find yourself relying more and more on the income generated from your creative enterprise in a down economy. But the legal and business side of crafting can be daunting for artists, consuming time and money that could be better invested in creating your products, and possibly even leaving you open to copyright violation or tax troubles.

Youíve already found your passion, so let The Craft Artistís Legal Guide coach you through the business of crafting with a comprehensive, friendly review of all the major legal and tax considerations facing artists, along with clear examples of how to approach them. Youíll learn how to:
  • get a design patent or license a craft
  • price and sell material, online and off
  • select the right studio and deal with leases, noise restrictions, and zoning laws
  • find and utilize free ways of promoting your business online
  • hire workers and sales reps
  • choose the right insurance
  • complete and file required business forms
  • protect copyright, patents, and trade dress
  • save on taxes and preserve income
Each chapter of the book starts with an engaging interview with a working craftsperson about the various business and legal issues that every artist is likely to encounter. Youíll also get the lowdown on various money-saving online resources that will save you time and money.


The CD-ROM that accompanies the printed version of this book includes forms or other tools; in this eBook, you'll find all those documents in the appendix or at the back of the book.
 

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Contents

2 Your Studio
55
3 Going Online
73
4 Hiring Workers and Sales Reps
91
5 Business Forms Legal Liability
133
6 Protecting Appearances With Copyright
169
7 Protecting Appearances With Design Patents and Trade Dress
221
8 Names and Trademarks
255
9 Licensing
279
10 Taxes
329
11 Lawyers Contracts and Lawsuits
359
How to Use the CDROM
375
Forms From CDROM
380
Index
381
Related Products
401
Copyright

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Attorney Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He practices law in San Francisco and has represented photographers, software developers, craftspeople, publishers, musicians, and toy designers. He is the author of many books, including Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim regularly answers readers' intellectual property questions at Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog.

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