January 26, 2011

The Law in Plain English for Crafts book


If you are a crafter, artist, pattern designer, photographer, or in any cottage industry type of employment whom sells one's own work for profit, you need this book The Law for Crafts.  That is if you don't have it already.  Although, if you are a lawyer or have access to one, you probably can do without the book.  However, lets just assume you are like me and the only law knowledge you possess is from the many John Grisham books you've read, which unfortunately isn't going to cut it.

The author, Leonard D. DuBoff, is a practicing attorney and wrote this book to help aid the independent craftsperson in regards to sound business practices.  The book includes information about contracts, licensing, consignment, copyrights, how to keep your taxes low, and perhaps best of all, the book also includes legal forms that the reader can copy and use.

The author engages the reader with what would otherwise be extremely dry reading.  DuBoff explains the historical background of certain laws and provides examples of how the law is applied to situations that the reader can relate to.   For example, in Chapter 3 Contracts, he discusses what are implied contracts and what's not implied by using an example of a fictional weaver and the situations she may find herself in when discussing her works for sale.

The chapters aren't too long, because Duboff gets right to the point of the subject matter.  And if you don't have time to read, you can just flip to the chapter that relates to your particular area of interest, such as Trademarks, and go from there.  Definitely a valuable book to have on hand...along with John Grisham's The King of Torts.  I consider myself an expert in Tort law since reading that book ;)

I should mention that DeBoff authored 2 other similar books: The Law for Photographers and The Law for Galleries.

Jamie

6 comments:

Amy said...

Law AND craft! Cool. (I'm a geeky law student so this would be so cool!). Though, it's probably only useful in the US (I'm in Australia)....

mel said...

this is cool, and thanks for sharing.
i would like to look into the photography one, but same problem as amy, i'm from canada...

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet jamie, this book looks interesting! I am gonna check it out at the local bookshop here as im running out of things to read. :) Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Anonymous said...

What is laminated fabric?

Pretty Ditty said...

Laminated fabric is fabric that has a coat of laminate on top of the fabric. Some people use it for diaper bags, aprons, and tablecloths.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the great resource! I'm always on the lookout for key crafting business information and so rarely do I find something that covers everything! I'm adding this to my list of must-reads.