How to handle people who steal your stuff with Legal Love™
When someone swipes or copies your online course or group program, you are put in an uncomfortable jam.
It can make you feel furious, frustrated and frenetic. You may need to write all the angry words into your journal, clear the energy of your home office with some sage, eat some dark chocolate, or go on a walk to calm down.
If that happens, it stinks for sure.
But, when you’re in a calm state, know this:
Believe it or not, there are times when Copycats and Swipers take and use your work without ill intent.
Here’s the kicker… Copycats are often just trying to be YOU – or be like you – because they don’t have a clear vision of what they want to create or do for THEMSELVES yet.
It’s sad really.
They most likely aren’t trying to hurt you or knowingly steal your stuff; they just can’t find their own voice to develop their own work yet. Sometimes, they don’t even realize they took it. (I know. Sounds lame, but it’s true.)
If your work gets taken by a Copycat or Swiper, I invite you to presume innocence first AND I want you to also have legal protection.
You know I’m all about the “AND”, right? (That’s why I have a lighted ampersand marquee in my office.)
You can be kind AND also cover your buns.
Presume innocence until you know they’ve taken your work on purpose.
To stay calm and be kind if someone’s taken your work, have a listen to my Legally Enlightened Podcast Episode 65 called “Why Deescalating Emotion is a Powerful Legal Strategy” on iTunes or listen here.
And to cover your buns, know that you don’t have to be caught off guard.
It’s a robust legal document with language you can fall back on to protect your intellectual property (your course content), plug energy leaks, recognize your value, and claim what’s yours.
Need I say more? It’s a super-packed document designed to honor your work.
Don’t hold back in creating a new course because you’re worried that someone will swipe your stuff.
(And we all could use some relaxing right now – am I right?) 😊
Did you know that if you have a website sales page and promote your new group program/online course on social media that you’ll also want to put other key legal protections in place too?
The best part? The Legal Starter Kit is a 30% discount over purchasing each one alone.
Questions about the Legal Starter Kit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to give you As to your Qs.