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Understand virtually any contract and sign on the dotted line with confidence. Contracts are a part of everyday life now -- you can't download a piece of software or accept an employment offer without having to click "I agree" or sign at least one piece of paper. But very few of us are able to decipher the legalese in these documents, leading most people to hesitate before committing to a contract's terms. Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference is the first book to explain contract terms in language for the layperson. This indispensable A to Z guide covers: definitions of common terms found in contracts how to decipher the language of contracts which clauses are important and which aren't how to change contracts Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference will help you save money by coaching you on which clauses are important so that you can avoid a pricey professional review by a lawyer. Written in plain English, this book is especially useful for law students and business owners, but still contains enough detail to have a place on nearly any lawyer's bookshelf.
Take care of the legal and business side of your business and focus on creating your crafts! Crafting for profit is on the rise, and you may find yourself relying more and more on the income generated from your creative enterprise in a down economy. But the legal and business side of crafting can be daunting for artists, consuming time and money that could be better invested in creating your products, and possibly even leaving you open to copyright violation or tax troubles. Youíve already found your passion, so let The Craft Artistís Legal Guide coach you through the business of crafting with a comprehensive, friendly review of all the major legal and tax considerations facing artists, along with clear examples of how to approach them. Youíll learn how to: get a design patent or license a craft price and sell material, online and off select the right studio and deal with leases, noise restrictions, and zoning laws find and utilize free ways of promoting your business online hire workers and sales reps choose the right insurance complete and file required business forms protect copyright, patents, and trade dress save on taxes and preserve income Each chapter of the book starts with an engaging interview with a working craftsperson about the various business and legal issues that every artist is likely to encounter. Youíll also get the lowdown on various money-saving online resources that will save you time and money. The CD-ROM that accompanies the printed version of this book includes forms or other tools; in this eBook, you'll find all those documents in the appendix or at the back of the book.
Using copyrighted materials? Get permission and stay legal If you plan to use any copyrighted material for your own purposes, you need to get permission first from the owners of that work. If you don't, you could find yourself slapped with an expensive and time-consuming lawsuit. Getting Permission tackles the permissions process head-on -- without the legalese. It shines the light on whom to ask for permission, as well as when -- and how much to expect -- to pay for permission. Comprehensive and easy-to-read, the book covers: the permissions process the public domain copyright research fair use academic permissions the elements of a license and merchandise agreement the use of a trademark or fictional character and much more Getting Permission includes agreements for acquiring authorization to use text, photographs, artwork, and music, whether it's found online or off. The 4th edition of this essential guide is completely updated to reflect the latest laws and court decisions. Plus, read an all-new collection of practical, real-life FAQs, based on author Richard Stim's popular intellectual property blog, Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog. The CD-ROM that accompanies the printed version of this book includes forms or other tools; in this eBook, you'll find all those documents in the appendix or at the back of the book.
The No. 1 bestselling business book for bands! If you belong to a band and love the art of your job, but sing the blues when it comes to the business side, you need Music Law. Composed by musician and lawyer Richard Stim, the book explains how to: . find the right manager . buy, insure and maintain equipment . get gigs and get paid . tour on a budget . use samples . do covers legally . protect your copyright . trademark your band's name . choose a recording studio . sell your music . manage your website . understand record contracts . deal with taxes Music Law provides all the legal information and practical advice musicians need. This edition is thoroughly updated with the latest changes in copyright and trademark law, including guidance on filling out "Form CO." Plus, find expanded information on musical collaborations between DJs and other musicians. You'll also get the most up-to-date legal forms avaliable.
Whether you're investigating patent, copyright or trademark law, get the most concise and comprehensive explanations of intellectual property in one volume! Whether you're an Edison, Faulkner or Jobs, you need Patent, Copyright & Trademark. Intellectual property law has rapidly produced its own language. But don't count on understanding it right off the bat -- the terms baffle lawyers and lay folk alike. Whether you're an inventor, designer, writer or programmer, you need to understand the language of intellectual property law to intelligently deal with such issues as: who owns creative works or valuable information how these owners can protect and enforce their ownership rights how disputes between intellectual property owners can be resolved, and how ownership rights can best be transferred to others. With this essential guide, you will: get clear overviews of relevant laws understand the different kinds of protection offered by patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets -- and which apply to your work get a plain-English definition of every term you're likely to come across, and find the information you need, quickly and easily -- all entries are organized by topic and extensively cross-referenced. The 12th edition has been thoroughly revised and updated with the most up-to-date case law and legislation on patents, copyrights, trademark and all other issues intellectual property. Plus, read all new Q&As excerpted from author Richard Stim's regularly updated blog, Dear Rich.
It's no secret that inventors need to protect their secrets. If you present an invention to a prospective buyer or licensee, it can be stolen. The best way to protect yourself is with a nondisclosure agreement. But it's not enough to hand a company a one-size-fits-all nondisclosure agreement and expect a signature. The company may request modifications to the inventor's agreement, supply its own agreement or actually require an inventor to give up claims of confidentiality. This plain-English book helps inventors create, modify and understand nondisclosure agreements. In addition to providing sample agreements, it explains: the laws concerning trade secrets and their limitations the risks of proceeding without a nondisclosure agreement the dangers posed by waiver agreements what to do if a company won't sign an agreement which modifications help the inventor and which modifications can hurt the perils of disclosing to employees, contractors and attorneys the meaning of each of the legalese "boilerplate" provisions in nondisclosure agreements Disclosing your invention requires a balancing act: Presenting the best aspects of your invention while protecting the confidential aspects of your work. With this book an inventor can effectively maintain the necessary balance and minimize the risks of disclosure.
A great retirement isn't just about having your financial situation in order. It's easy to be preoccupied with stock portfolios, 401(k) balances and saving options, but true happiness in retirement comes from simpler, more enjoyable things like an active social life, family time and leisurely travel. In Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement, author Rich Stim and Nolo co-founder Jake Warner show you how to become rich in the ways that matter most. They encourage you to balance financial concerns with a lifestyle you always envisioned for yourself. The book advises you on how to estimate real retirement needs and create a workable savings and investment plan. Even more importantly, it advises you to make personal preparations for life after work, including: cultivating interests outside work leading a healthier lifestyle revitalizing family relationships spending more time with spouses embracing spirituality or meditation nurturing friendships and making new friends All the money in the world won't make for a happy retirement unless you're satisfied with the rest of your life. So start today.
Turn your hobby into a profitable business and enjoy a second income. In a troubled economy, you've discovered that a single source of income just isn't enough. But how do you start and manage your new venture -- and make a profit to boot? From crafting to home repair to website design and more, if you've ever wanted to turn your hobby into a business and watch your passion generate cash, Running a Side Business is the book for you. Packed with tips, legal resources, start-up success stories and USA TODAY snapshots and infographics, you'll learn the life cycle of a business and get answers to important questions along the way. Find out how to: choose a side business that will succeed manage a full-time job while running your side business protect your personal assets keep it legal: how and where to obtain and file permits, licenses, contracts, and trademarks manage your home-based business market your new business file taxes and take deductions Plus, Running a Side Business offers guidance on selecting the right side business for you, with information about some of the most popular side businesses that have gained popularity in the last decade, including sales through eBay and Amazon, web design, blogging, Google AdSense business models, and podcasting models.
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