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Rachel Brenke

As a US-based lawyer, photographer and business consultant for photographers, Rachel Brenke helps deliver legal and business content to help your business. These articles are for knowledge and not legal advice. Always seek local counsel!

Does the Bernie Sanders meme violate copyright law? | Copyright law for photographers

We’ve all seen the photo. Some of us even made some of these memes for personal and business use. The big question in the photography community today – does creating a meme with the Bernie Sanders sitting cut out violate copyright law? An Internet Meme is in legal terms, a derivative work, and usually copyright owner is …

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How to legally protect & maximize your mini-session promotion!

Mini-sessions are a great way to get client’s to dip their toes into your business or into custom photography in general! Here at TheLawTog, not only do we educate on legalities, but we’re heavy in business strategy and marketing as well. In this article we will run through the legalities, how to automate the entire …

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7 Things that shouldn’t be single-deciding factors in choosing a photography contract

Choosing a resource, including lawyer or online site like TheLawTog®, to get your photography contracts is important.  Our goal here is to elevate the industry. Whether you purchase photography contract templates from us, or simply look at their descriptions and take to a local attorney – we are good with either.  Our largest recommendation is …

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How spending $300 on a photography contract can save you $10,000

Spending money can be fun – when….it’s on fun things. But spending money on stuff like legalities is..well..not fun. Not sexy. And downright painful sometimes. But let me tell you a story, my friend. One that is a common situation I am seeing weekly as y’all roll up to my law firm email with issues. Instead …

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Why copyright transfer is recommended for commercial photography

Commercial copyright transfer is greatly common, especially when the resulting photographs are especially specific to brand and/or photographs including people that are prominent in the brand (headshots, influencer shots, etc.) Now, before we get into this, here are some quick options that are typical in commercial photography rights management: Photographer retains copyright and simply licenses …

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How to: Sessions Inspired from Movies, Comicbooks, Superheroes and more!

“We would love a Minnie Mouse session!” “Ohhh, can you do a Superman set?” “My daughter LOVES Barbie! Can you make her Barbie?” Creative requests from your clients are going to happen..but it is up to YOU to ensure that YOU are doing the legal thing. Understand, we are providing this information for you, because …

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Photography Contract Timeline

We know how extremely overwhelming and unknown trying to run a photography business is! It’s okay. We have your back with this timeline view of the legal contracts needed in your photography business.  But before we get to this.  Understand I, Rachel Brenke (founder of TheLawTog) and the entire team are not just bringing this …

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Copyright FAQS every photographer must know

Copyright is a largely misunderstood and  important area of the law for photographers. Not only do we have protections in our logos and our own marketing assets, but we’re also selling (licensing or copyright transferring) photographs as our product. It is time we STAND up for ourselves. IF WE DON’T, WHO WILL?   Do I own …

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TheLawTog head, Brenke, quoted as expert on COVID-19 reopening biz with liability waivers

Money.com and journalist, Amanda Loudin, quoted our head honcho – Rachel Brenke – as an expert on small business use of liability waivers during pandemic. Read the entire article here. Are you looking for more legal resources regarding COVID-19? We’ve got you covered from everything from COVID-specific legal docs to informational resources and a handy-dandy checklist …

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Protests, Photography & Your Rights [A Compiled Resource]

With the increased Black Lives Matter protests popping up all over the United States we understand that many of you want to participate in a variety of ways. This resource, which we will aim to keep updated, will help to provide information on protest safety, your protesting rights and rights to photograph these events. Please …

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Quick tips to protecting your studio from violence during riots

Is your small biz in an area with violence and riots? As a small biz attorney, rec to my clients. ⭐️ Don’t try to defend your business with violence -don’t care about justifiable defense of property or self. Remove yourself. Life > property #thread — Rachel Brenke, Biz Strategist & IP Lawyer (@RachelBrenke) May 31, …

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We Support Black Lives Matter.

At TheLawTog® we believe that Black Lives Matter and we still be working to provide resources for photography businesses to help amplify black voices and stand up for racial injustice in the United States. Check our blog and social media for resources.

As Seen: Rachel Brenke quoted in Forbes on wedding contracts

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses have been greatly impacted. This especially includes wedding vendors such as florists, caterers, cake designers and photographers.  Forbes reached out to Rachel Brenke for legal advisement to vendors facing cancellations of weddings and the associated legal contracts.  This quote isn’t the full analysis or discussion but gives a …

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LLC photography business

Reasons to NOT DIY your LLC set-up

Previously aired in TheLawTog® Facebook Group– come join us! https://www.facebook.com/groups/lawtog/ -What an LLC is -How you set up -Why paying Incfile/Legal zoom or just the state to do it isn’t enough! Resources: https://thelawtog.com/top-7-answers-to…/ https://thelawtog.com/5-reasons-photo-…/ https://thelawtog.com/product/diy-llc/ https://thelawtog.com/bizrevamp-reg/ Transcript: Rachel Brenke with TheLawTog. I wanted to do a real quick video on some of the top questions …

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