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Parker sits down with Emily D. Baker to talk about all the legalities when it comes to trademarks. As a Maker, it’s your responsibility to know the law regarding trademark infringement and what you are and are not allowed to do. Here are your answers!

Hey, y’all! We have another episode of our Makers Mean Business (MMB) Podcast today, and it’s one you are not going to want to miss. We have a goal of using each and every episode to teach valuable tips and tricks and other info to help you grow a successful business so you can lead a Maker’s life.

Makers Mean Business Podcast Ep. 028 - Makers and Trademark Infringement

Today, we have Episode 28: Makers and Trademarks With Emily D. Baker!

Our previous episode was with Brooke Riley, from Re-Fabbed,  who talked about how to use live video to create community, even if it’s not perfect. If you want to build community as you work to grow you business (hint: it’s really helpful for your business), you need to go back and check out Episode 27!

Also, make sure to check out more of our recent episodes:

Makers Mean Business Episode 28: Makers and Trademark Infringement

It’s common for Makers in almost every niche to create products with certain popular phrases, images, and more incorporated into the product. 

However, it becomes a problem (and is illegal) when those items are trademarked items.

In this episode, Parker talks with Emily D. Baker. Emily is a former District Attorney who helps clients navigate the world of online business

Before we dive in, here’s a little more about Emily!

She’s a friend of ours who is a former DA in Los Angeles County. She’s done some work for us, and she loves to talk about important legal issues for online business owners, including trademarks, copyright, and terms of use, among others. 

Essentially, when it comes to the ins and outs of the legalities of online business, Emily’s your gal!

You can find her all over the place, including her podcast Get Legit Law & Shit, her website, and her Facebook Page where she goes live every Friday.

What is Trademark Infringement?

Trademarks and copyrights are all about protecting creative and intellectual properties. They are different, but they also have some overlap and intersect. If you want to learn more about those specifics, check out Emily’s website and her shop.

In this episode, we cover on a high level what trademark infringement is and examples of what that looks like. But we dive deep into these topics:

  1. Can you make stuff inspired by other brands (Disney, sports teams, etc)?
  2. What kind of action can they take?
  3. Can they sue you and take all of your money?
  4. Can they have your website taken down?
  5. What can you do if someone is stealing your designs?

We don’t want to spoil the episode for you by giving away all the info here, so this was just a quick summary. If you want to make sure that you aren’t breaking any laws and your business won’t be shut down, you need to listen to this episode!

Be sure to catch MMB Episode 28: Makers and Trademarks – Can I Make Disney Stuff for Re-Sale? Interview with Emily D Baker.

Makers Mean Business Podcast Ep. 028 - Understanding What Is Trademark Infringement

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