Techdirt Reading List: Don't Panic: A Legal Guide (in Plain English) For Small Businesses & Creative Professionals

from the don't-panic dept

We're back again with another in our weekly reading list posts of books we think our community will find interesting and thought provoking. Once again, buying the book via the Amazon links in this story also helps support Techdirt.


We've long argued that it's pretty ridiculous that creative artists and entrepreneurs sometimes find themselves at odds with one another, as there are a ton of similarities. It's why, a few years ago, we hosted an Artists & Entrepreneurs branstorming workshop, bringing together a bunch of content creators along with the entrepreneurs building platforms for those artists. A part of our thesis was that the two had a lot more similarities than differences. Both types were trying to be creative and innovative. Both were trying to run a business of sorts as well. There were some obvious areas where things were slightly different, but the similarities certainly outweighed the differences.

And that's just part of the reason it's nice to see the new book from New Media Rights' Art Neill and Teri Karobonik called Don't Panic: A Legal Guide (in plain english) for Small Businesses & Creative Professionals. New Media Rights does some really great work on the legal side helping content creators out, such as when big companies abuse copyright to censor creative works of artists.

This new book is a super useful (plain English!) legal guide to a variety of issues that face both creative artists and small businesses. Besides being super understandable for the non-lawyer artist or developer, it also reinforces that the issues both face are fairly similar.

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