How Do I Protect My Idea? Do I Need a Trademark or Copyright?

How Do I Protect My Idea? Do I Need a Trademark or Copyright?

You have a great idea for a t-shirt. How do you stop someone from making knock offs?

You have a concept for a dope event or workshop. How do you stop people from copying your event?

You wrote a song, took pictures, wrote an article. How do you stop people on the internet from stealing and reposting it without your permission or paying?

You just came up with an idea for an app or product you KNOW would sell. How do you get help building it and stop people from stealing it once they find out what you’re building?

Here’s the good & bad of protecting ideas and whether you need a copyright or a trademark to do it.

Jacquees vs Ella Mai - How to Legally Make Cover Songs

Jacquees vs Ella Mai - How to Legally Make Cover Songs

In case you missed the buzz on Twitter last week. The internet exploded when Jacquees’ cover of “Trip” by Ella Mai was removed from Soundcloud and Youtube. While the internet decided it was a hater move on the part of Ella Mai, her label made it clear it was business related and she had no say in the matter.

A better description is that it was a LEGAL matter. As T-Pain pointed out you CANNOT monetize material that does not belong to you. In simple words that is THEFT in legal terms it is copyright infringement.

So how do artists cover other people’s songs all the time and how was THIS different?

Follow the jump to find out!

MUSIC BIZ: Publishing Q+A x SESAC's Gregg Smith

MUSIC BIZ: Publishing Q+A x  SESAC's Gregg Smith

Why are PROs important? As a songwriter or producer you are owed a “performance royalty” any time your music is played on radio, in the background as people shop and eat, or even performed in live concert venues. Those royalties are then paid to PRO like ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, who then distribute the money to songwriters and publishers.

Each PRO has its own pro's and con's and payout schedules so it's important to choose the best organization for you.

Catch my recent convo with Gregg Smith Director of Creative Services at SESAC here:

CLIENT NEWS: FUTURE OF SPORTS X WASHINGTONIAN

CLIENT NEWS: FUTURE OF SPORTS X WASHINGTONIAN

This week's flashback Friday goes to client Future of Sports. A new client to the roster, it's owner Nicole Pinedo has a new spin on the museum experience fusing an interactive sports themed installations within functionally sized spaces able to host actual fitness class and events.

It's first installation in Washington DC caught the attention of the Washingtonian where it named it "Part Instagram dreamworld, part nostalgic playground, the whole thing is a millennial heaven"

Here are a few pics of the installation:

CLIENT NEWS: TRAP KARAOKE X ESSENCE FESTIVAL

CLIENT NEWS: TRAP KARAOKE X ESSENCE FESTIVAL

Guess who’s partnered with Essence Festival!!! The show sold out so be sure to visit ww.trapkaraoke.com to see when they will hit a city near you or regret the rest of your adult life.

CLIENT NEWS: RUNGRL X ESSENCE FESTIVAL

CLIENT NEWS: RUNGRL X ESSENCE FESTIVAL

Guess who’s partnered with Essence Festival to bring you a dope running experience while you takeover the NO! Congratulations to @ashleesimone and the entire @rungrlco squad! Happy to play a tiny part in this magic!