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7 Things An Online Business Can Trademark Right Now

Let’s talk about the things an online business can trademark. “Trademark” isn’t really a verb, but we’re going to go with it because people use it a lot. A lot of times people think that trademark just applies to a brand name or a logo. But there’s more to trademark than just those things, and … Continue reading →

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Using Music in TikToks and Reels for Business

Can you use music in TikToks and Reels if you use TikTok/Instagram for your business? The fact that I’m playing my son’s xylophone in the video above (instead of using music) might give you the answer! But in truth, it’s a little bit more complicated than yes or no. (At least for tik tok.) By … Continue reading →

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What to do About Podcast Copying

What to do about podcast copying, including the one question that you really, really need to ask yourself before you even figure out what you’re going to do about it. So here’s the thing. If somebody’s copying you, there are a few things that you can do. But there’s one question that you really need … Continue reading →

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How to Tell the Difference Between Copyright and Trademark

Want to know how to tell the difference between copyright and trademark? It’s so super easy and not complicated, I promise you won’t forget after you read this post. I’ll even give you a little trick to remember so that you’ll never forget again. And if you stick around to the bottom, you’ll learn more … Continue reading →

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Are All Contracts Legally Binding?

Are all contracts legally binding? That’s a great question. The answer is yes, so long as you tick off all the little boxes in the elements that make up a contract. In other words, there are certain factors that make up a valid contract. If you stick around to the end, you will learn something … Continue reading →

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What Year to Put On Your Website Copyright Notice

It’s a new year, and here’s a question I get asked a lot. And that question is, “What year should I put on my website copyright notice?” You know, that little copyright notice at the bottom of your website that says “copyright, blah, blah, blah?” Well, I’m going to give you the answer in this … Continue reading →

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Running a Giveaway (Legally)

If you’re running a giveaway on Instagram or elsewhere online, you must do it legally! Let’s talk about the three biggest mistakes that I see when people are running giveaways on social media. Mistake #1: Creating an Accidental Lottery Okay, so the first big mistake is accidentally creating a lottery. What the heck do I … Continue reading →

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The #1 Trademark Registration Requirement for Online Brands

Curious about trademark registration requirements in the US? Today we’re talking about the number one most important thing that you need in order to file for federal trademark protection in the US. I’m going to cut to the chase, the number one most important thing that you need in order to successfully register your trademark … Continue reading →

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The Trademark Registration Process in 5 Steps

Jump in with me today where we are talking about the trademark registration process in five steps. Step 1: The Search. You must do a trademark clearance search. For me, the trademark registration process begins with a search 98% of the time. Every once in a blue moon, a client really really really does not … Continue reading →

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Legally Protectable Parts of a Blog

Curious about the legally protectable parts of a blog? Read on to learn a little more about copyright protection for a blog and trademarks for bloggers. Blog Name This is kind of an easy one, right? It is the name by which all of your readers recognize your work, your blog, and a name. Of … Continue reading →

social media disclosure rules

Disclosure Rules on Social Media

In this quick read, you’re going to learn when to post a disclosure along with your social media post. (Hint: disclosures aren’t just for traditional sponsored posts.) You’ll also learn what makes for a good disclosure. When do I need to follow disclosure rules on social media? So, the very quick, very short answer to … Continue reading →