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Happy Thanksgiving, giving thanks.

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This week, here in the U.S., we will celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday, so I want to take a few moments to wish all of you; my readers, listeners, colleagues, clients and friends, a very happy Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving holiday is a good time to consider all that we are thankful for, and to express that gratitude.

Personally, I am blessed with a marvelous family.  My extraordinary wife, three wonderful children, parents, sisters, cousins and the rest  are among the most important people in my life, and for their health, happiness and well-being, (and my own) I am truly thankful.

Similarly, I am grateful to all of my friends and colleagues for their friendship, support, referrals and help in growing my practice.  To my clients, I give thanks for your continued patronage, and for making my work interesting, enjoyable and fruitful.

Next, I need to express my gratitude for all of the abundance and the opportunities  that come my way each day.  I am truly blessed with a life of my own creation, that excites and interests me, and in which I am the master of my own destiny.  This is truly something to be thankful for.

Finally, I must give thanks to our wonderful country.  For all its flaws, the United States remains a wonderful country.  I'm thankful for our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, in particular those guaranteed under the First Amendment which says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

(Of course there are many other important freedoms… but this is my personal favorite.)

So, as we gather with family and friends to enjoy a sumptuous feast, give thanks, I encourage everyone to  do a bit of service for those who aren't as fortunate, and take a few moments to think of, feel, and express gratitude for the people, things, and experiences with which you have been blessed!.

May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with love, laughter and  joy.

Gobble Gobble!

Gratefully yours,

What’s on your holiday wish list?

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and we'll all be shopping for others very soon. But let's not forget about ourselves!

I'm thinking about putting together a little buyer's guide of gifts for creatives and entrepreneurs. So help me out… thinking about yourself for a moment, what do YOU really, really want for the holidays?  

Comment below to give me one or two of your suggestions/wish list items… Maybe your loved ones will see it when I publish!

Do you need a Trademark for your Podcast or YouTube channel?

What's all this buzz about trademarks, and do you need one for your podcast or youtube channel?

Welcome to another episode of Legit Podcast Pro from Gordon Firemark, The Podcast Lawyer™

A Trademark is a distinctive word, symbol or phrase that is affixed to goods or services to identify their source or origin, and to distinguish one product from the other. Imagine that you've spent time, money and energy building your brand, and then someone else comes along, starts their own show or channel, names it the same as yours, or in a way that could lead to confusion about its source, and your audience starts finding them instead of you.

Can you see how that could hurt your business? Your traffic? Your revenue? Your reputation? A registered trademark gives you the tools… the ammunition you need to prevent that from happening… and to quickly resolve things if it does occur.

And, while it does cost something to register your trademark, it's a good bet that the cost is far outweighed by the harm that could come if you haven't taken this important step.

Bottom line, getting your intellectual property rights in order is one of the most important legal steps to take if you want to build and grow a successful media venture, Intellectual Property strategy is one of the pillars of my Easy Legal For Podcasters program, where you can learn step-by-step, how to handle it for yourself, if you're so inclined.

And, if you're more interested in a done-for-you solution, visit the link below for more information, and to book a free consultation. – My signature legal template and training program. – Forms, templates and contracts for entrepreneurs and creatives – for more information about trademarks and to schedule a consultation.

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What: Legal Do’s and Don’ts For Documentary FilmmakersWhen: Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:00 AM PDT Register Now: Presented by:Gordon P. Firemark, Esq.In association withDesktop Documentaries Join me to learn: Best practices to get your film not just produced, but sold, distributed, and seen; How to protect your intellectual property and respect others’; Whether a… Continue Reading

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My signature online legal resource for Podcasters is open with special promotional pricing right now! Inside Easy Legal For Podcasters, you get comprehensive video training on Business Structures, Team Strategy, Intellectual Property protections, and Client/Customer (monetization) deals. This is not just boring video lectures about the law. (which I can provide, if you really want… Continue Reading

FREE WORKSHOP this Monday!

Business & Legal Fundamentals for Podcast Growth & Profit Date: Monday, October 17th Time: 10:00am PDT Where: Online Register: In this free, live online workshop,you will learn: The 3 prerequisites to truly professional results as a podcaster 4 essential components to a solid, professional, businesslike approach to podcasting (or any entrepreneurial activity) The 3 biggest mistakes podcasters make that hold them back from easy… Continue Reading

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