145 episodes

The Legal Road Map™ podcast teaches creative entrepreneurs how to protect your rights and stay out of legal hot water, so you can confidently build your dream business. Host Autumn Witt Boyd, a lawyer for creative and online businesses, gives you the answers to your copyright, trademark, and business legal questions. Like having an attorney in your back pocket.

What contracts should you have? What the heck is a website privacy policy or terms and conditions? What should you protect with a copyright or trademark? Do you need an LLC or should you stay a sole proprietor? What should you do if a copycat steals your photos or content? What’s the right way to respond to a cease and desist letter? When is using someone else’s stuff fair use under the law? How should you hire employees or independent contractors?

Whether you’re just starting out and haven’t done any legal work on your business, or are going through a transition or growth spurt and want to make sure you’re covered, the Legal Roadmap™ podcast is a great tool to make sure you haven’t missed any key legal protections for your business. Subscribe today and get your business legally legit. Transcripts, show notes, and more info at www.awbfirm.com/podcast.

Legal Road Map®: copyright, trademark and business law info for online entrepreneurs Autumn Witt Boyd | Go-To Lawyer for Online Entrepreneurs

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The Legal Road Map™ podcast teaches creative entrepreneurs how to protect your rights and stay out of legal hot water, so you can confidently build your dream business. Host Autumn Witt Boyd, a lawyer for creative and online businesses, gives you the answers to your copyright, trademark, and business legal questions. Like having an attorney in your back pocket.

What contracts should you have? What the heck is a website privacy policy or terms and conditions? What should you protect with a copyright or trademark? Do you need an LLC or should you stay a sole proprietor? What should you do if a copycat steals your photos or content? What’s the right way to respond to a cease and desist letter? When is using someone else’s stuff fair use under the law? How should you hire employees or independent contractors?

Whether you’re just starting out and haven’t done any legal work on your business, or are going through a transition or growth spurt and want to make sure you’re covered, the Legal Roadmap™ podcast is a great tool to make sure you haven’t missed any key legal protections for your business. Subscribe today and get your business legally legit. Transcripts, show notes, and more info at www.awbfirm.com/podcast.

    I can just use this picture from Google, right? (S5E141)

    I can just use this picture from Google, right? (S5E141)

    Building a beautiful website and creating compelling content takes time and resources (financial or otherwise). And when you’re just getting started, you may be short on both.
    It’s tempting to just “borrow” a bit here and there and hope no one notices.
    But the consequences can be severe… not to mention potentially devastating to your business.
    So what’s allowed and what isn’t when it comes to using other people’s images, video, music, or other intellectual property, and what best practi

    • 27 min
    Taking your business online (part 2) (S5E140)

    Taking your business online (part 2) (S5E140)

    You’ve made the plans to take your business online, and decided on the basics we covered in part 1 of this series. Now what?
    Part of the beauty of starting an online business is that you can get up and running quickly, but there are still a few more things you need to tackle before you open your virtual doors.
    In this episode, we’ll cover:
    How the terms and conditions on your website are different from your terms of use with your paying customers, plus why you’ll want to use both, especially if yo

    • 30 min
    Taking your business online (part 1) (S5E139)

    Taking your business online (part 1) (S5E139)

    From retail to restaurants, businesses in every industry are flocking to the online space.
    Navigating the ins and outs of online business can add another layer of unclear rules and laws to sift through as you set up your business. So, how do you know where to begin?
    In this episode, we’ll cover:
    How to choose the right model for your online business (what are you going to sell and how are you going to sell it)
    Choosing the best online venue for your online business (hint: you may not even need a websi

    • 32 min
    Every business owner must do THIS before your first $5k (S5E138)

    Every business owner must do THIS before your first $5k (S5E138)

    When you’re just starting out, it’s easy to let legal fall to the bottom of the priority pile. It can be much more exciting to work on your branding or website, or work up some new product ideas. But if you skip a few basic protections now, it could lead to big problems later.
    In this episode, I walk through the three actions I think every business owner should take before making their first $5k.
    (And, even if you’ve already crossed the $5k mark, don’t skip this one - you might learn about an im

    • 32 min
    You wish your bookkeeper would tell you this - with Danielle Hayden (S5E137)

    You wish your bookkeeper would tell you this - with Danielle Hayden (S5E137)

    Financials can either be exciting or depressing, depending on how your business is doing. But no matter how you feel about them, reviewing and understanding your business’s numbers is critical to growing a successful, sustainable business.
    Danielle Hayden with Kickstart Accounting and The Profit Planner shares her tips for making bookkeeping more manageable and enjoyable, even if you’re doing it yourself.
    In this episode, we’ll cover:
    The importance of understanding and reviewing your

    • 40 min
    Four ways to legally protect your business NOW (S5E136)

    Four ways to legally protect your business NOW (S5E136)

    Hiring a lawyer for one-on-one help to protect your business probably seems like an impossible goal for a lot of business owners I know, especially in the midst of a pandemic.
    But did you know there are steps you can take on your own that will have you worrying less about things like refund requests, scope creep, and clients stealing your content, and more about how you’ll be able to scale to serve all the new clients coming your way? (And some of these steps won’t cost you a dime!).
    In this episode

    • 32 min

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