What Are Your Legal Priorities? (Podcast)

Do you need to be concerned about copyright? Trademark?

Is it important that you have tight contracts?

It depends on your definition of success and what your business goals are.

I know that “it depends” isn’t a satisfying answer, but it’s the truth. I don’t want you to pay buckets of money to attorneys when you don’t have to.

In this episode of the Art Biz Podcast, I talk with photographer and attorney Kiffanie Stahle about legal concerns for your art business.

Kiffanie, who is the founder of the artist’s J.D., has developed the Creative Business Model Canvas to help you home in on legal priorities. Find it here and follow along on this episode.

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Appraise an online gallery

There are some fantastic art galleries on the Internet, which are run by people who genuinely care about their artists and want to help them succeed. Then there are Web galleries that are in it for the big bucks. They’re more than happy to take your money. They don’t advertise and don’t care much whether or not you make sales because they make their money through subscriptions.

Every day there are new opportunities to show your art online. Every day you have to make decisions about what is a real opportunity, and what is a waste of your time and money. How do you know which ones are legitimate? As with everything in your art business, the onus is on you to trust but verify the source. You can’t blame anyone but yourself if you don’t seek all the facts.

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Assume Nothing, Polish Your Communication

You know what it’s like. You both read or saw the same thing. You both participated in the same conversation. But each of you took away something completely different. It happens every day. And it really mucks things up. Because after you talk or email, you go your separate ways and forge your paths based on what you THINK you heard and on what you THINK the other person is acting on.

Assume nothing. Polish your communication.

Whether you’re ironing out terms for an exhibit, workshop, commission, or gallery contract, protect your interests by using these four tips to keep you from making the wrong assumptions.

1. If you’re on the phone, repeat to the person on the other end of the line what you thought you heard–rephrasing it for clarification. After you get off the phone, send an email

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