“... if they come and ask you, ‘Hey, do you think I can use this stuff?’ I think you got to say, ‘Hey, I'm not a lawyer’.” - Gordon P. Firemark
What are my legal rights as a podcast editor? What are my legal responsibilities? How do I protect myself? How much do I need to protect myself? Is it common for things to go wrong? Who can I turn to if I get sued?... The legal ramifications of a disgruntled client or a contract gone wrong are almost enough to make any podcast editor quit before ever starting!
But don’t give up your editing dreams too quickly. Hit pause on that panic button and take a deep breath. Now hit play on this podcast with Gordon P. Firemark, The Podcast Lawyer™ for some practical advice and peace of mind.
Gordon Firemark, Lawyer for Theatre, Film, Television and New Media, is more than just a lawyer. He’s also the producer and host of the podcast Entertainment Law Update, so he knows firsthand about podcasting. Within his law practice, he helps professionals and artists across the entertainment industries with intellectual property and business/corporate matters. Beyond that, he represents and helps protect clients working within the vast disciplines housed under the terms cyberspace and new media.
Sharing his expertise in an easy to comprehend, nuts and bolts fashion, Gordon is also the author of The Podcast, Blog and New Media Producer's Legal Survival Guide. He’s created forms and templates needed by podcasters, editors, and production companies alike.
Gordon may be a lawyer and duty-bound to censor what he shares but he’s also a giver and we weren’t shy to be the recipients of his generosity. In this episode, he answers several general questions and even addresses some issues and scenarios you likely didn’t think could come up in your editing business. You won’t want to miss a minute!
The Podcast Editors Mastermind and it's guests make no warranty for the information in this episode. All legal needs you have should be addressed with an licensed attorney in your area. (in plain words- don't take our word for it because we aren't YOUR lawyer)
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Yeah, this episode was late. We had some technical issues. Then some life issues. It happens. ~Carrie