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Ever wonder what sorts of issues you may encounter as a creator or entrepreneur, and when you might want to reach out to a real life lawyer? That’s what our book "Don't Panic: A Legal Guide (in plain english) for Small Businesses and Creative Professionals" is all about. This book is designed to help you through the legal issues you may run into as a creator, entrepreneur, or innovator. We focus on issues you may encounter from the inception of your business to the moment (that hopefully doesn’t happen) you get a nasty lawyer letter for the first time.
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Don't Panic covers a range of legal situations that may arise, from the inception of your business, or the creation of your work, to that dreaded moment (that hopefully doesn’t happen) you get a nasty lawyer letter for the first time. While this book is not a substitute for legal advice, it can serve as a valuable guide to preventing and resolving legal issues.
Don't Panic is organized to help you quickly jump to specific information that will help you through that stage of your work. There are short, straight to the point summaries throughout called “The Bottom Line” providing the essentials you need to know.
You’ll learn how to form your business, protect your intellectual property, understand E&O insurance, and avoid problems when launching an App or internet-based service. Often, you can take a few simple steps upfront that will protect your business or creative works, and ultimately save time and money down the road.
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If you’re any of the following, this book is for you!
App & Software Developers | Artists & Graphic Designers |Designers & Makers | Entrepreneurs| Business People and Startups| Filmmakers and YouTube creators| Game Developers| Journalists and Publishers | Musicians & Podcasters| Non-Profits| Photographers| Podcasters | Scholars & Researchers | Writers |
We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge just a few of the people who helped make this book a success. First we’d like to acknowledge our student interns and former staff who helped us write and research this book, including the many interns whose work served as inspiration for this book. We’d like to especially acknowledge Erika Lee, Cara Laursen, Emory Roane, Joelle Bartkins, Leopoldo Gabriel Estrada, and Nicholas J. Petruolo, who each assisted significantly with this book. Special thanks also go to Shaun Spalding whose work at New Media Rights informed this book, as well as Cy Kuckenbaker and Alexander Johnson for their invaluable feedback. We’d also like to thank California Western School of Law for being an amazing home and partner for the New Media Rights program.