Trademarks 101

Trademarks 101

Trademarks can be confusing. The other day I asked myself . . . “How would I describe trademarks to a five-year-old?” Man, that would be tough. Challenge accepted. First off, what is a trademark? Well, there’s a pretty well-defined legal definition....
The Creative Entrepreneur’s Legal Guide to Starting a Business

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Legal Guide to Starting a Business

This post isn’t meant for everyone. It’s specifically for creative entrepreneurs. What do I mean by a creative entrepreneur? When I say “creative,” I mean someone who leans on the right side of their brain as a part of their profession—or at...
What you need to know about copyrights

What you need to know about copyrights

When I tell people I’m an attorney for creatives, a common response is, “Oh, so you, like, work with artists or something?” Yes, I work with a variety of artists, ranging from handmade crafters to photographers to graphic designers. My law firm...
Your business needs to break up with Etsy

Your business needs to break up with Etsy

Dear Etsy. It’s nothing personal, it’s just business … Here’s the deal. Etsy is great. Everyone loves Etsy. Artists love Etsy. Engaged couples love Etsy. My mom loves Etsy. Your mom probably loves Etsy. And I’m not gonna lie. I kinda love Etsy, too. I really enjoy the...