165 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

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

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.

    Picture perfect legal for your photography business (S5E161)

    Picture perfect legal for your photography business (S5E161)

    It seems there are more ways than ever to grow a thriving photography business. Mini-sessions, branding photography, wedding and events, to name just a few.
    But each of these revenue streams presents its own unique set of considerations to make sure you and your photography business are protected legally.
    While the barrier of entry to the photography and videography business can seem relatively low, if you want to have staying power and create a successful, profitable business, it’s essential to build

    • 31 min
    Consistent 5-figure months with course creator Jacques Hopkins (S5E160)

    Consistent 5-figure months with course creator Jacques Hopkins (S5E160)

    There’s an online course for just about everything these days. And for good reason. More people are learning online than ever, and online courses can be wildly profitable if you play your cards right.
    Jacques Hopkins is a bit of an anomaly in the online course world because he took a subject he’d never taught before (piano) and turned it into an extremely successful course that allowed him to quit his 9 to 5. And now, it has even led him to begin teaching others how he put his own course together.

    • 37 min
    How to safeguard your online course (S5E159)

    How to safeguard your online course (S5E159)

    Online courses are quickly becoming one of the most popular points of entry to the online world. They can cover nearly any topic and the online format makes them accessible to a broader audience.
    Online courses can be a lot of work to put together with many moving parts ranging from copywriting to video editing, which is all the more reason you want to be sure you put the proper legal protections in place.
    In this episode, we’ll cover:
    How to safeguard your business against chargebacks or refund reque

    • 25 min
    Diversifying revenue in your web design business with Shannon Mattern (S5E158)

    Diversifying revenue in your web design business with Shannon Mattern (S5E158)

    If you’re a service provider -- like a web designer or copywriter -- you might feel like you’re tethered to a single revenue stream: designing websites or writing copy. But the online world now offers more opportunity than ever to diversify your revenue streams.
    A mix of affiliate marketing, memberships, and online education can all be perfect complements to your service-based business. And in this episode web designer Shannon Mattern shares how she’s incorporated many of these revenue streams into h

    • 37 min
    How to avoid 99% of legal issues in your web design business (S5E157)

    How to avoid 99% of legal issues in your web design business (S5E157)

    Web design is one of the most collaborative creative service relationships we see at the AWB Firm. Because of this unique relationship, it can be especially easy to find yourself dealing with things like scope creep and delays caused by your client.
    The best way to avoid these issues altogether is… you guessed it… to use a rock solid client contract. But what terms should you include to make sure you’re covered? And that you’re also fair to your client?
    In this episode, we’ll cover:

    • 32 min
    Growing your membership site with Britt Seva (S5E156)

    Growing your membership site with Britt Seva (S5E156)

    Losing sleep worrying over your business is no fun. But Britt Seva, founder of Thrivers Society, found herself in that exact situation before she decided to take care of the legal blindspots in her business.
    Learn how Britt has built an extremely successful membership business model by starting small and growing smart.
    In this episode, we’ll cover:
    Why starting micro (especially when it comes to courses + memberships) can be your best way to scale
    Why doing 1:1 work FIRST is an essential step to grow

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Nikki BelieveIT ,

Copyright law

So I recently was working on a project with friends which started out great (that’s how it always start), and as the writer of the project, I ended up hitting a brick wall when everyone claimed that there was no joint authorship, which was verbally agreed upon. However, I suggested having an official written contract laying out the exact terms, work for hire agreements, so that they can rightfully own every part of the project. After talking with a lawyer and looping her in, everyone opposed the idea. While I was willing to sign an NDA late in the process to protect everyone’s interest, I thought I was doing a good job by saying hey if that’s the case we should have a retroactive agreement written out. Again, they violently objected and I was iced out from further information regarding film festivals etc. Because of my frustration I wanted to dig deeper into copyright law and I was looking for a podcast that talks about all these things. The lawyer I consulted did a great job at telling me my rights, but as a hoarder of information I just this podcast does a great job of covering sooooo many topics that affects businesses esp creative businesses. (As someone who is rejecting how I feel in search of valid information this is such a great podcast either as a starter or as a refresher of what you need to have in place to protect yourself)

ForwardMotion ,

This podcast is gold

Autumn has given so much incredible information throughout this podcast. As a Tax Advisor I recommend all my small business clients listen to the Legal Roadmap!

GenWhyLawyer ,

Great resource for business owners

Anyone building a business must listen to this show. Having access to Autumn’s legal knowledge and business acumen is worth every minute of every episode. Thank you for this wonderful resource.

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