They don’t call it Music City for nothin’. The creative and entrepreneurial community in Nashville, Tennessee is growing as the city itself grows. With that growth comes an abundance of creative professionals: not just musicians, but also photographers, film-makers, graphic designers, painters, and other visual artists. Oftentimes the talented, right-brained artist is all too happy to not have to think about work-for-hire agreements or copyright protection and prefers to dedicate all of her time to honing her craft. Enter Spear IP.
Want to get your legal ducks in a row? Here are some basic legal items for creative professionals to consider.
|Have a regimen in place for registering your work with the Copyright Office (to put yourself in a better legal position if someone infringes upon your work).|
|Doing commissioned work? Have a written contract in place to clarify things like copyright ownership, installment of the artwork, and timing and amount of payment.|
|Use model and location releases so that you can use artwork containing individual faces, images, and likenesses for commercial purposes.|
|Protect yourself online. Use watermarks and strong terms of service on websites and e-commerce sites, and know the parameters surrounding Creative Commons licensing.|