Top 5 legal tips for beginners

Quite often, creatives tend to bypass delving into IP, trademarks due to it being a tricky terrain to navigate when starting up a new business and learning about unfamiliar legal protocols. Jennifer Tutty from Studio Legal taught creative law for beginners at Training Wheels Melbourne.

Here's the top 5 basics of creative law for beginners:

  1. If you would like to trademark your business name and intend on conducting business overseas, you must also obtain trademarks in these countries to prevent companies from other countries from using your brand name.
  2. Copyright protection applies automatically as soon as the material is created. There is no need to 'register' your copyrights. Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts or styles.
  3. Register your brand name and logo as a trademark.
  4. Make sure you exclusively own all copyright created for your business.
  5. Put everything in writing - any job, proposal, event the date you thought of an idea - send an email to yourself to create that paper trail of your ideas.


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