The Top 5 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Social Media Attorney

As a content creator and social media influencer, you’ve gone ahead and done the right thing by hiring a social media attorney 👍. However, whether you’ve scheduled a one-time consultation or brought on a lawyer for long-term help, your efforts will be in vain if you don’t know what questions to ask them.

Luckily, while content creators may range from YouTubers to Instagrammers to Twitch livestreamers, many of the legal issues influencers face are very similar.

Therefore, if you’re working with a social media attorney and want to maximize your experience, be sure to ask them these five 🖐️ important questions:

How can I avoid copyright infringement? 

Of course, every content creator has different worries when it comes to copyright infringement. 

For example, a Twitch user may be surprised to learn that livestream gameplay 🎮 is not technically legal. While most video game companies won’t press charges for gameplay copyright infringement, it’s important to ask your social media attorney how you can avoid breaking the law in your videos.

On the other hand, a YouTuber might worry about music copyright for the songs in their videos. In this case, they could ask their social media attorney for advice on requesting royalties to certain songs or where they can find royalty-free music.

Regardless of which type of content creator you are, be sure to ask your social media attorney about the fair use doctrine. Believe me, it’s a life saver 🙏.

Am I breaking any laws?

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Believe it or not, if you have a social media account or website, chances are you’re breaking the law in some way 😲.

Don’t worry – you’re not going to get arrested. However, in order to avoid hefty legal penalties or even account termination in the future, it’s important to understand exactly which laws you’re breaking and how you can fix your mistakes.

For example, have you ever checked your brand’s website for ADA-compliance? Has a lawyer taken a look 🔎 at your Terms and Conditions? 

On the other hand, have you made sure that none of your YouTube videos are accidentally marked safe for kids?

There are a ton of laws out there about what you can and can’t do online. Luckily, you’ve already taken the first step in protecting yourself by hiring a social media attorney – just be sure to ask them the right questions.

How can I better protect my work?

Legally, your content is yours as soon as you create it (assuming it’s fair use, of course). However, obtaining retribution for stolen videos, images, music, or any other type of art is much easier when it’s registered ✔️ with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Of course, you shouldn’t register everything you make. However, taking this extra step to legally protect your work will come in handy should you ever need to report copyright infringement, especially if you press charges.

Additionally, speak to your social media attorney about trademarking brand-related material. Imagine if someone could legally make a social media account named “PewDiePie” and pretend to post as him!

Be sure to ask your social media attorney about any and every way they advise you to protect yourself and your brand online 🛡️.

How do I navigate a brand deal?

If you’ve never negotiated a contract before, establishing your first brand deal can be incredibly intimidating. Plus, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the idea of working with your favorite brand – and ultimately make a bad deal.

Before you even begin looking for a brand deal, speak with your social media attorney to determine exactly what you’ll be asking for 💸. Believe it or not, you may be underestimating everything you can get.

Additionally, work with your social media attorney on your negotiation tactics so you’re prepared to fight for the best deal possible. They may even advise you to line up other competitive deals before going for the one you really want. This will leverage your worth to help you get more out of the brand.

What other advice do you have for me?

Sure, your social media attorney may not be a multimillionaire influencer who’s hanging out with celebrities like Kylee Jenner.

However, chances are your lawyer has worked with enough content creators to know some tips and tricks that the pros use to gain followers, likes, views, and money 🤑 legally.

Don’t be afraid to ask your social media attorney for open-ended advice. You may be surprised at what they have to say.