The Best Holiday Gift For the Entrepreneur In Your Life!


The holidays are here! What are you getting the entrepreneur and online business owner (EOBO) in your life?

Here’s a suggestion. How about something that every EOBO needs but probably doesn’t have? How about a unique and thoughtful gift your EOBO can’t live without, whether he or she knows it or not?

What I’m talking about is a LegalShield membership.

What’s this? Well, for less than the price of a cup of coffee per day, your EOBO can have a top-rated law firm in his or her corner to help with everyday business needs. Legal advice, answers to legal questions, document reviews, letters, phone calls, feedback, advice, and so much more are only a click, phone call or meeting away.

Look, I’ve been practicing law for 30 years and am a big fan of this fantastic service, especially for all of my clients and friends who are EOBOs. I even wrote about this service earlier this year here.

If you’d like to give your EOBO the ultimate stocking stuffer this holiday season, give him or her a LegalShield plan. If your EOBO has a home-based business, then take a look at the personal or family plan and add the home business supplement. If your EOBO is doing business out of a traditional small office, then the small business plan is the way to go.

Put a smile on the face of the EOBO in your family this holiday season. Click here to learn more and get started. Also feel free to reach out with any questions!

2017 ABA Top 25 Legal Twitter Accounts!

Honored to me included as one of the top 25 legal Twitter accounts to follow in 2017!

Take a look at the American Bar Association’s 2017 ABA Journal 100 Web Best Law 25 Twitter List, blogs and more.

If you’re interested in law, business, social media, livestreaming, community service, technology, life skills, politics and sports, then connect with Mitch on Twitter @mitchjackson

Want Your Business To Be Successful In 2018? My 2 minute video shows you how!

Want to find success in your online and offline business in 2018? In less than two minutes, I share exactly what you need to know and do in this video.

Use existing tools (my favorite is livestreaming aka live video) and yes, keep your eyes open for early use opportunities. Millionaires and billionaires have built dynasties with far less that what everyone has available at their finger tips today!

My LegalMinds Mastermind: Lawyers and other professionals who are interested in learning more about how to properly use social media, live video, and expanding their brand from local to global should take a look at my mastermind at LegalMinds.lawyer (rates go up in 2018 so now is the time to become part of my mastermind community)

Thank you!

Mitch Jackson
The Streaming Lawyer

2017 ABA Journal 100 Web “Best Law Twitter” List!

The American Bar Association has over 600,000 members. This week, Mitch was honored to be included on its 2017 ABA Journal 100 Web Best Law 25 Twitter List.

If you’re interested in law, business, social media, livestreaming, community service, technology, life skills, politics and sports, then connect with Mitch on Twitter @mitchjackson

23+ Legal and Business Livestreaming Tips To Keep You Safe on Social Media!

Earlier today I joined Jennifer Quinn, author of “Leverage Livestreaming To Build Your Brand,” and we engaged in a rapid-fire back and forth covering 23+ legal tips to help livestreamers safely do business on the social media platforms.

Click here or on the image below to watch the video. Enjoy and reach out with any questions!


Get Jennifer’s new book. Click here!

How To Legally Use Other People’s Copyrighted Material

Despite the title, it’s essential for me to start off this post with the same advice I give my clients. It’s as follows:

If you didn’t create the content you want to use, don’t use it without the express written permission of the creator or legal rights holder.

Also let me say, right off the bat, that while I am a California lawyer, I’m not your lawyer. No legal advice is given in this post. What I am doing in this post is sharing a legal concept that you might find useful. Please do us both a favor and use these steps to find and contact a lawyer in your state with any questions.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, there are times when you may be able to legally use someone else’s copyrighted material (pictures, videos, parts of blog posts) without their permission. This happens when your use falls under what is called the Fair Use Doctrine.

Fair Use Doctrine

The Fair Use Doctrine (FUD) is a United States law that allows for the limited use of copyrighted material. Under the FUD, you do not first need to get the permission of the copyright holder before using the content.

The FUD exists to try and balance the interests of the public use of creative works with the legal rights of creators and copyright holders. Several examples of content that falls under the FUD includes (1) news reporting, (2) commentary, (3) teaching, (4) criticism, (5) parody, (6) research, (7) scholarship and (8) search engines.

There is a four-factor test that is used to determine what falls under the FUD. This includes the purpose and character of the use mentioned above. The test also involves whether (1) the use is for commercial purposes or nonprofit educational purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The courts also take several other facts into consideration when deciding if the FUD applies to certain content, such as acknowledging the creator’s name in the content use. While the FUD allows you to use copyrighted protected content, this can be a complicated area to navigate. My recommendation is to always check with a lawyer in your state in you are relying on the FUD when sharing someone else’s content. He or she can review your specific intended use and provide you with appropriate legal advice.

I’m sharing the recommendation to consult with a lawyer because, if a claim is brought against you for copyright infringement, it is your burden to prove that your use of the content falls under the FUD. Because claims can take years to litigate, the time and expense to you can be overwhelming, even if you’ve done nothing wrong. This is why you need to be aware of all the above and conduct yourself accordingly.

Conclusion

If you feel the need to use someone else’s copyrighted content, always try to do so only after getting permission from the owner of the content. Although the FUD is here to protect you, what I’ve noticed over the years is that the FUD is a grey area of law that should be avoided when at all possible.

Before dipping your toe into the FUD water, make sure your lawyer has reviewed what you want to use and has told you it’s safe to jump in headfirst.