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Instagram Shadowban got you down?

In Business 101 by Shannon MontgomeryLeave a Comment

I don’t know if you know this about this firm, but the reason it exists is because of a personal Instagram page @LiftingLawyer. I started that page to document my fitness lifestyle, I had just graduated from law school, and fitness Instagram was new. Fast forward to 2017 and I received quite a few inquiries from fitness influencers and other …

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Social Media: Actually it isn’t the Wild West Part 1

In Copyrights 101, Trademark 101 by Shannon MontgomeryLeave a Comment

As promised here is the first installment of articles discussing the laws and regulations that apply to social media use and yes, to influencers. Intellectual property (IP) is a huge chunk of my law practice. I spend the majority of my time on trademark prosecution followed by some copyright registration and a lot of IP education. For a background on …

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Social Media: This isn’t the Wild West Part 2

In Business 101, Online Business Necessities by Shannon MontgomeryLeave a Comment

Welcome back to my series on, how not to get in trouble working as a social media influencer. Ok, I am still working on the best way to describe these articles. This week we are going to focus on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines for advertising, marketing, and endorsements as it applies to social media. The FTC is concerned …

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The Different Types of Trademark Applications

In Blog by Shannon Montgomery

Trademarks are somewhat straightforward. A trademark is anything that acts as a source identifier for a particular product or service. It is the thing that allows the public to discern where that product or service is coming from. Think the apple with a bite out of it, or coca-cola written in that fanciful font. I have discussed trademarks at length …

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Social Media, #Influencers, and the FTC

In Business 101, Creative Entrepreneurs by Shannon Montgomery

Social Media advertising is a billion-dollar industry. Make that $19.3 billion in 2018 in the United States. It’s no wonder everyone wants to be an influencer, work with influencers, or be the brand every influencer wants to work with. So it’s also not surprising that the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) is continuing to disrupt influencer marketing by handing out …

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Top 5 Reasons to have a Partnership Agreement

In Business 101, Contracts 101 by Shannon Montgomery

I took a minor hiatus from blogging here for a while. I put up a YouTube video which you can check out here and I appeared on a friend’s two-part blog which you can check out here and here. But this week I am back with some more legal information for you and your business! So let’s jump right in. Today’s topic …

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Quick Copyright Facts

In Copyrights 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Check out my latest video where I discuss the one thing you should understand about copyright protection! If you have questions or want to talk more about copyright issues feel free to send an email to me at shannon@montgomerypllc.com. And remember, this is not legal advice, just some legal knowledge for you!

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10 Reasons To Register Your Trademark

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

I’ve talked about the importance of trademark registration before. I’ve talked about when you should register, and why you should (or maybe shouldn’t) from a purely business perspective, but I don’t think I have ever laid out the exact reasons why registering your trademarks with the USPTO is a great idea if you’re a business owner with a brand worth …

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Top 6 Benefits to Starting Your Business the Legal Way

In Business 101, Contracts 101, Online Business Necessities by Shannon Montgomery

I spend the majority of my time counseling budding entrepreneurs about the importance of setting their businesses up the legal way. And I don’t just mean filing your taxes properly so the IRS doesn’t come after you. There is a lot that goes into doing thing the right way, and protecting what it is you’re building. I know the new …