The Shingle Life Podcast: Minority Entrepreneurs | Small Business Owners
About This Show
Starting a new business can be a daunting task. This podcast guides new entrepreneurs through strategies and steps for starting a business and staying in business. Our guests include small business owners at the early stages of their business as well as experts who provide advice to small business owners that is critical to their success.
Most Recent Episode
TSL Ep. 15 - Getting Started Series - Part 3
4 days ago
This week's guest - Allison Puryear - a clinical therapist in Asheville North Carolina was going about her business - which happens to be helping other therapist build their business - when she got sued for copyright infringement. At first she thought it was a joke, then later discovered that a photo she downloaded and had been using for two years had been federally copyrighted and the photographer was coming after her. So I know what you're thinking - she probably just cut and pasted it from google and didn't give the photographer credit (and I would never do that!). Nope! Wrong. She downloaded the photo from a stock photo website - a free one as best as she could recall. So she basically got sued for something we all do every single day. In Episode 13 - I talk about the benefits of registering your copyright. But today, I flip the script and Allison and I discuss steps you can take to protect yourself so that something like this never happens to you. Allison contacted a couple of lawyers to help her through the process and in the end, had to pay this photographer tens of thousands of dollars. (Imagine making that much on one of your photographs?). But - there's another twist - Allison had to pay the photographer, but she didn't really have to pay - find out how it all ends. Enjoy!