Once again, great questions were asked and helpful answers were given by Attorney Cheryl Hodgson.  Last night Cheryl was my guest for the third time as part of the Art Licensing Info Monthly Ask Call Series – we had some technical excitement (something about Comcast and the conference call service switches maybe?) but I edited out as much of that as possible.

Here is what we covered:

  • Should I make my company an LLC?
  • How do business DBA’s work if I already have an LLC?
  • How can I protect a product design concept that I might submit to a company with art?
  • How to respond to Trademark infringement concerns.
  • How do we determine if we can use what seem to be common sayings in our art, without having trademark issues?
  • How do you protect your tagline?
  • If we register copyrights in groups, does it limit our protection?
  • What recourse do I have if I see something created commercially that looks a lot like an image I posted to my website?
  • What are the rules about using paintings of private homes for commercial use?
  • Should we add copyright watermarks to everything we post to the internet?
  • Do I have to re-copyright art if a company slightly modifies previously registered work? Say color or layout changes?
  • Can I still copyright my designs if I’ve posted them on my blog or printed them on cards?
  • What should you do if you find out your images have been copied?
  • Do you recommend artists audit licensee accounting records regularly?

If you want a copy of the audio replay, it is $15 through 8/28 and $25 thereafter. We appreciate your support in purchasing these calls – it helps us continue to attract and create the great content artists have come to love and expect each and every month!

What’s coming up next…

Wednesday, September 15, 2010NEW EXPERT Dena Fishbein will be answering your questions.  Head to  www.AskDenaDesigns.com to learn why I’m so excited to have Dena join the ranks of Ask Call Expert.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010: www.AskPaulBrent.com
In addition to answering questions from artists, Paul Brent will discuss how to plan your art collections for a trade show. Planning your collections, pacing yourself to get the work done and designing for trends for the new year.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

P.S.  Learn more about Cheryl Hodgson on her blog at www.BrandAideBlog.com – be sure to sign up for her ezine to continue to build your legal savvy muscle!