Annotations for Craft Artist's Legal Guide : Protect Your Work, Save on Taxes, Maximize Profits
Baker & Taylor
Provides legal advice for artisans and those involved with a craft industry, covering such topics as creating a business structure, hiring workers, copyright, design patents, names and trademarks, licensing, taxes, and contracts.
The subtitle both summarizes the content nicely and also suggests why one might be interested in the volume. Writing from a base of experience representing art, craft and design clients as well as musicians and publishers, attorney/author Stimm provides clear legal information and solutions for common challenges to maintaining a successful art career. Although caution is suggested in going forward without consulting an attorney for specific problems, the text covers a broad understanding of these anticipated problem areas: pricing and selling; studio considerations; going online; hiring workers and sales reps; business forms and legal liability; copyright, patents, trade dress, names and trademarks; licensing; taxes; lawyers, contracts, and lawsuits. An appendix instructs on how to use an included CD-ROM to prepare important contracts and forms. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Ingram Publishing Services
The Craft Organization Directors Association reports that 22% of craft households derive all of their income from craft. Crafting for profit is on the rise as more and more people in today's down economy rely on the income from their crafts, whether for sole or supplementary support. But the legal and business side of crafting can be daunting to artists, consuming hours and money they'd rather invest in creating, and potentially leaving them open to copyright violation or tax trouble. The Craft Artist's Legal Guide takes the mystery out of the business side of crafting, offering a comprehensive but friendly review of all of the major legal and tax issues, plus clear examples of how to approach them. It explains how to:get a design patent or license a craft;price and sell material, online and off;select the right studio and deal with leases, noise restrictions and zoning laws; find and utilize free ways of promoting the business online;hire workers and sales reps;choose the right insurance;complete and file required business forms;protect copyright, patents and trade dress;save on taxes and preserve income.Each chapter of the book starts with an engaging interview with a working craftsperson about the various chapter-specific business and legal issues that every artist is likely to encounter.
Take care of the legal and business side of your business and focus on creating your crafts!