The Craft Artist's Legal Guide: Protect Your Work, Save on Taxes, Maximize Profits

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-05
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Your work is your passion, but often it's not easy making your passion pay. The Craft Artist's Legal Guide is the crafter's bible when it comes to making a craft business work. It gives you the legal and practical information you need to: * price and sell material, online and off; * get a design patent; * choose the right studio and deal with leases; * find low cost and free ways of promoting the business online; * hire workers and sales reps; * complete and file required business forms; * protect copyright, patents and trade dress; * save on taxes and preserve income. The Craft Artist's Legal Guide also includes engaging excerpts from interview with over a dozen crafts artists about the business and legal issues every artist is likely to encounter.

Author Biography

Richard Stim is an attorney who has represented crafts and visual artists and is the author of several books, including Music Law and Running a Side Business. He has no crafts skills, but he likes to shop at etsy.com.

Table of Contents

Your Legal Companionp. 1
Pricing and Sellingp. 3
The Pricing Dilemma: How Much Do You Charge?p. 5
Selling Wholesalep. 12
Selling Retailp. 15
Selling at Crafts Showsp. 22
Selling on Consignmentp. 24
Custom Ordersp. 39
Shipping and Delaysp. 44
Returns and Refundsp. 44
Ten Tips for Collecting Past-Due Accountsp. 45
Selling and Buying Outside the U.Sp. 53
Your Studiop. 55
Working From Homep. 57
Finding the Right Space at the Right Pricep. 60
Studio Safetyp. 69
Going Onlinep. 73
Where Do You Start?p. 75
Free Stuffp. 76
Invoice Customers and Get Paid Onlinep. 80
Battle of the Community Stores: Etsy vs. eBayp. 81
Earn Money With Google Adsensep. 83
The (Very) Basics of Driving Traffic to Your Crafts Sitep. 83
How to Build a Website in 24 Hoursp. 86
Basic Legal Rules When Going Onlinep. 88
Hiring Workers and Sales Repsp. 91
Employee vs. Independent Contractor-What's the Difference?p. 93
Ten Tips When Hiring Family Membersp. 100
Statutory Employeesp. 103
Firing Workersp. 105
Works Made for Hirep. 106
When Workers Learn Your Crafts Secretsp. 116
Hiring Sales Repsp. 121
Business Forms & Legal Liabilityp. 133
Personal Liability: What Is It?p. 134
The Business Entity as Shieldp. 135
Sole Proprietorshipp. 136
Partnershipp. 138
LLC vs. Corporation-What's the Difference?p. 148
The Cooperativep. 152
Other Ways to Limit Liabilityp. 156
The Need for Basic Insurancep. 157
Assess and Reduce Your Risksp. 166
Product Liabilityp. 167
Protecting Appearances With Copyrightp. 169
How a Copyright Protects Youp. 172
What Type of Work Qualifies for Copyrightp. 173
Photographs of Your Crafts Workp. 177
Do You Need to Register With the Copyright Office?p. 178
Choosing Whether to Register Your Works in Groupsp. 179
Filing a Copyright Applicationp. 180
Posting a Copyright Notice on Your Workp. 197
Getting Permission to Use Someone Else's Workp. 198
Fair Use: When It's "Fair" for You to Use Pieces of Others' Worksp. 201
The First Sale Doctrine: Your Right to Resell Worksp. 202
The Public Domain: Free Stuffp. 202
Using Copyright Assignmentsp. 204
What Rights Does the Customer Acquire When They Buy Your Work?p. 211
Infringement of Copyrightp. 211
The Visual Artists Rights Act: Crafts Works and Fine Artsp. 213
Personal/Model Releasesp. 215
Protecting Appearances With Design Patents and Trade Dressp. 221
Comparing Design Patents and Copyrightp. 222
Design Patents: The Bottom Linep. 226
How to Get a Design Patentp. 227
What Qualifies for a Design Patentp. 229
Preparing a Design Patent Applicationp. 239
Are There Other Types of Protection?p. 249
Trade Dressp. 249
What to Do If Your Work Is Ripped Offp. 251
Names and Trademarksp. 255
Trademark Basicsp. 256
Collective Marks and Certification Marksp. 264
Staying Out of Troublep. 266
Federal Registrationp. 271
Licensingp. 279
Crafts Licensing Overviewp. 282
Merchandise License Agreementp. 287
Licensing Worksheetp. 324
Taxesp. 329
Hobby vs. Business-What's the Difference?p. 332
Paying Taxesp. 334
Tax Deductionsp. 344
Lawyers, Contracts, and Lawsuitsp. 359
Hiring Lawyers for Routine Businessp. 361
Hiring Lawyers for Legal Disputesp. 363
Finding the Right Lawyerp. 364
Fees and Fee Agreementsp. 366
Evaluating Your Attorney's Servicesp. 368
Using Contract Provisions to Avoid Legal Costs and Hasslesp. 370
How to Use the CD-ROMp. 375
Installing the Files Onto Your Computerp. 376
Using the Word Processing Files to Create Documentsp. 377
Files on the CD-ROMp. 380
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