We know you take pride in your craft and you’re a rockstar at what you do.

Now you need a strong business foundation to build and protect your rock-solid brand.

It’s time to learn the ins and outs of legally protecting and growing your business and avoid common mistakes that could land you in hot water.

We can help. We Serve:

Coaches & Consultants

Photographers & Visual Artists

Fashion Designers

Authors & Bloggers

Bloggers & Content Curators

Music, Television and Film Artists

Start-Up Businesses

Beauty Professionals

cOACHES & cONSULTANTS

There is no greater feeling than using your own talents to help others achieve their goals.

As a consultant or coach, you get paid to do what comes naturally to you and that is soooo awesome!

You’ve managed to turn your passion into a profitable business, but you want to make sure that your coaching or consulting business is a bona fide business.

Some of the things that keep you up at night may be:
  • What agreements should have in place with your clients?
  • Do you have the proper terms and conditions and disclaimers on your website?
  • Should you copyright your intellectual property?
  • How can you protect that unique, catchy name of your new program?
  • Are you totally covered when hosting a live event or retreat?
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  • To Incorporate or Not, That is the Question
  • LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, Peace Corps: Which Is Right For You?
  • Licensing Agreements – What you should be doing to leverage your creative work
  • The Client Contract Checklist for Coaches & Consultants
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Photographers & Visual Artists

You know all about shutter speed, lighting, and angles. As a photographer or visual artist, you are using your natural talent to take you to new heights.

But…the legal stuff you’re not too sure about.

You’ve got questions and you want to make sure that you understand your rights and the rights of others.

You want to know the ins and outs of legally protecting your business and avoid the mistakes that have landed many others in hot water.

Some common mistakes that many photographers make include not knowing:
  • Whether they own the copyright for their work or when to use a work-for-hire
  • When they need to get permission to shoot on private property
  • Which contracts are needed when photographing people in public
  • If they can be sued for invasion of privacy
  • What to do when a client doesn’t pay
  • How to stop someone from using their copyrighted work
  • When permissions are required vs. fair use

At Bedrock, we can help you protect and circulate your work and make sure you steer clear of the common misunderstandings involved under the fair use doctrine.

Whether you need help registering your work, getting clearance and permissions to use the work or others, or need help licensing your creative work to others, we can help you every step of the way.

Trademark and Copyright Infringement is serious business so making sure you’ve got legal counsel to advise you on the do’s and don’ts can save you lots of time, energy, and money.

Contact us now for a complimentary information session.

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  • What is fair use?
  • 7 important legal issues for photographers
  • What is the difference between copyright and creative commons?
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Fashion Designers

You’re creative, innovative, and you’ve got what it takes to stand out in this crowded fashion industry where it seems like everyone is doing the same thing.

Whether you are a designer or a brand builder who has added a fashion component to your current business, you understand the importance of having branding and legal counsel who understands how to help you build and protect your fashion brand.

At Bedrock, we counsel our clients on managing and protecting their brand through copyrights, trademarks, license agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

Many of our clients come to us with burning questions that we help them find solutions for, such as:
  • How do I protect my designs?
  • What type of entity should I form?
  • What licenses are needed to open a storefront?
  • Someone is selling a knock-off of my design, what can I do?
  • What do I need to know about starting an online shop?
  • When and how can I get a registered trademark for my brand name?
  • I’m ready to expand, how do I do that?
  • I’ve got a super chic name for my new line, how can I be sure it’s available?
  • I’ve been approached to license my work, what needs to be in the agreement to protect me and my brand?

If you have any of these questions, we are here to help you.

As a former fashion buyer for a major national retail chain, Nakia Gray understands the business and legal issues that are unique to the fashion industry.

Some of the services we provide to our fashion industry clients are:
  • Formation of a new business
  • Copyright registration
  • Trademark registration
  • Infringement issues
  • Drafting Model Agreements, venue agreements. releases, liability waivers
  • Photo and editorial release agreements
  • Licensing agreements

If you aren’t sure where to start, schedule a complimentary information session to learn more about our services and how we can help you.

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  • What is Fashion Law?
  • Should You Copyright or Trademark Your Logo?
  • What You Should Do Before Launching Your Clothing Line
  • Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting A Business Name
  • How Fashion Designers Can Protect Their Designs

Authors & Bloggers

At Bedrock, we counsel authors, independent publishers, and freelance writers on all aspects of the legal issues associated with writing and publishing.

 

Some of the work we do on behalf of writers and authors include:

Registration & Licensing of copyrights and trademarks – helping you protect your work and advise you on the clearances and permissions needed when using the work of someone else.

Contract review, drafting, and negotiation – author-publisher agreements, licensing agreements, collaboration agreements, co-author agreements.

Bloggers & Content Curators

You have managed to create a business around creating content that your audience craves.

Whether it’s your blog, podcast, or digital products like e-books and online courses, you’re in the business of providing juicy information that sells like hotcakes and you’re building a strong brand in the process.

You understand that your content is your currency and you want to do everything you possibly can to make sure that you’re protecting this brand you’ve worked hard to build, plus you want to make sure that you’re doing everything that you’re supposed to do and make sure that you don’t end up in hot water for violating someone else’s intellectual property rights.

There are a few essentials we recommend for all bloggers & content curators:
  • Website terms & conditions – sets the ground rules for visitors to your site
  • Privacy Policy – lets visitors know what information you collect and how it will be used
  • Website disclaimer – this is ESSENTIAL if you are giving any kind of advice on your site (limits liability)
  • Independent Contractor Agreement – if you plan to hire a Virtual Assistant or Intern
  • Terms of Sale – gives customers/clients all the info needed when making a purchase (refunds, payment terms, etc.)
  • Contributor Agreement – for guest blogging
  • Membership/Participation Agreement – sets the ground rules for group programs or community forums.
  • Copyright Registration for your website, articles, books/ebooks, digital courses or other content

We would be happy to help you draft these documents or to review yours if you’ve already drafted them.

Wanna make sure your content is protected, get in touch with us to schedule a complimentary information session.

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  • The Blogger’s Guide to Protecting Online Content
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  • What Bloggers Need to Know About Defamation
  • What Bloggers Need to Know About FTC Disclosures
  • Creative Commons vs. Copyright: What’s the Difference?

Music, Television, & Film Artists

If you ask anyone who has managed to achieve any level of success in the entertainment industry how they were able to do it, they would most likely say that they carefully selected a team of advisors who understood their goals and strategically helped them to achieve those goals.

Whether you are a music artist with big dreams of hitting the Billboard top 20, an independent filmmaker taking your dream project to the big screen, or an author hoping to make it onto the New York Times Best Sellers List, you must have a strong business strategy to reach that level of success. Understanding what intellectual property is and how you can leverage it to reach your goals is what separates the dreamers from the doers.

A huge part of your strategy includes having a legal advisor to help you manage your brand, protect your intellectual property, and leverage your creative work to make sure that you not only become successful, but you stay successful.

Having a competent attorney on your team to negotiate on your behalf is not negotiable. Not understanding the value of your intellectual property can be very costly and ultimately prevent you from achieving the success that you really want.

At Bedrock, we counsel our clients to first view themselves and their creative work as a brand. Our goal is to empower you and to help you understand the legal and business principles that can be used to leverage your brand and creative talents to build a long-lasting career in the entertainment industry.

We provide legal counsel in the following areas of the arts and entertainment law industry:
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Book Publishing
  • Contract drafting, review and negotiation
  • Music Publishing
  • Music Licensing
  • Publicity and Privacy Rights
  • New Media
Musicians & Performing Artists

At Bedrock, we help our music clients build and protect a brand that positions them for long-term success. We understand that you want to create music that your fans crave, but there is so much more to the music game than just creating music.

Our goal is to help you leverage business and legal principles you need to legally build and protect your brand.

Here’s just a sample of the work we do on behalf of our music clients:

  • Provide counsel on how to structure your music business
  • Explain the difference between copyrights and trademarks and help you decide which you need to file to protect your brand
  • Negotiate artist management agreements
  • Explain what copyrights work and how you
  • Draft producer agreements, work-for-hire agreements, licensing agreements, merchandising agreements, distribution agreements, collaboration agreements, and more.
  • Review contracts that you have been presented with and explain your options before you sign
  • Provide counsel on ways to exploit creative work and enjoy multiple revenue streams
Film & Television

At Bedrock, we counsel clients on all aspects of building a career in the entertainment industry. Our goal is to help you first identify your rights, then help you develop a strategy to not only protect but also exploit your rights. We focus on brand development, copyright/trademark protection, and negotiating contracts on behalf of clients in the music, television and film industries.

We help film and television industry clients with business entity formation, joint venture arrangements, guild compliance issues, rights clearance, errors and omissions insurance, and the negotiation of talent, distribution and other contracts.

We can prepare or review all the contracts required for your production, including option agreements, co-production agreements, financing agreements, talent agreements, and distribution agreements.

If you’re not quite sure where to start or what you need help with, you should schedule a free information session by clicking here.

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Helpful Resources
  • Is That Fair (Use)? Third Party Trademarks in Film, Print, and other Media
  • 10 Must-Know Branding Tips for Independent Artists
  • ASCAP vs BMI: Which is Better For You?

Start-up Businesses

You’ve managed to change your passion into a profitable business and it feels amazing doesn’t it?

Being in business for yourself doesn’t mean you’re in business by yourself.

You’ve done your research and you know that incorporation, copyrights, contracts, trademarks, and liability issues are all things that you should be concerned about as a new business owner.

Keeping on top of all things legal is the not-so-fun but oh-so-necessary part of doing business. The truth is, you “don’t know what you don’t know” and that’s why having a small business attorney on your team is essential to your business’ long term success.

You need someone on your team who understands you, your vision, your short-term goals and what you’ve got planned for the long term.

We get it.

At NGL, we help you master what we call the top two rules of entrepreneurship:

  1. GET PAID
  2. DON’T GET SUED

We will help you get things done right, the first time around, saving you tons of time, energy, money and headaches down the road.

Our Entrepreneur Jumpstart Program and Virtual General Counsel Programs allow us to get to know you, your business, your goals, and help you create a strong foundation so that you can have confidence in knowing your business, your assets, and your profits are protected.

Beauty Professionals

You’re busy making people beautiful and killing it in your business. Whether you’re a makeup artist, hairstylist, barber, esthetician, lash or nail artist, or other beauty maven making moves in the industry, you know what it takes to help your clients stand out and look good.

But when it comes to building long-term success with a standout brand as a beauty professional, it takes far more than creating a good look.

We know you take pride in your craft and you’re a rockstar at what you do. Now you need a strong business foundation to build and protect your rock-solid beauty brand.

It’s time to learn the ins and outs of legally protecting and growing your business and avoid common mistakes that could land you in hot water.
  • Form an official legal business entity that’s right for skyrocketing success.
  • Get the exact agreements and policies you need to protect yourself from loss, damage, and mistakes that can wreck your bottom line, and potentially put you out of business.
  • Hire a team that will help your business grow and take some of the stress and pressure off of your shoulders.
  • Build and protect your brand and get yourself on track to make more money (with less work).
At Bedrock, you’ll get the goods you need to keep your assets safe, your profits booming, and your clients coming back for more.
  • Personalized legal counsel and advice, specific to the beauty industry and your unique business needs.
  • Intake forms – to help you provide better service and avoid costly mishaps
  • Business policies – to deal with cancellations, refund demands, and other unpleasant issues
  • Consent/Release – so you can show off your beautiful creations without worries of legal recourse
  • Invoice/Credit Card Authorization Form – for getting paid on time all the time

Getting the right legal support will mean the difference between being just a boss and a being a beauty business badass. Which one do you want to be?

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