044: Protect Your Art from Copycats and Freeloaders with Legal Expert Katie Lane

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Ever wondered how to protect your art from copycats and freeloaders? Today you will find out! That’s why I invited attorney and negotiation coach Katie Lane to the show.


In this podcast, you will discover…

  • What the first thing is that you need to do when someone asks you “permission” to use your art
  • What to do if you discover if someone has used your art illegally
  • What to do if you’ve already signed a contract with “ugly” payment terms

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About Katie Lane

Katie Lane is an attorney and negotiation coach who works with artists and freelancers to help them protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do. Based in Portland, Oregon, she helps her clients successfully handle all sorts of sticky conflicts and shares negotiation and legal info for creative professionals on her blog at WorkMadeForHire.net and in online classes on Skillshare. Her favorite thing is teaching people who are intimidated by negotiation how to get what they want with confidence and calm.

Twitter: @_katie_lane

Instagram: @contractnerd

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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