Episode 101: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property as a Creative Entrepreneur with Michael Prywes


Intellectual Property

“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.” – Bill Gates

Our podcast guest today, Michael Prywes, is an artist, an attorney, a creative author of a book called The Gasp, which you’re gonna hear more about, host of the How I Broke Into podcast where he takes a deep dive into big breaks of successful people, and he’s had some pretty freaking cool guests on that show.

And he’s a father of two boys who are 10 and 8, a Little League coach, and recently named trustee of the Board of Education in your community.

Together, we get to dig into some pretty fascinating topics with Michael’s unique background that bridges creativity with intellectual property.

In the U.S. Constitution, it’s established that there’s a limited monopoly for artists, inventors, and writers of copyright and patent. Patents are inventions, ideas. And copyrights are original expressions of ideas. For patents, you go through the U.S. Patent Office. For copyrights, you can register a copyright with the U.S. Patent Office; but in actuality, the minute you fix an original work into a tangible medium, you automatically have that copyright. However the registration gives you certain benefits, which we talk about in this episode.

Five or six years ago, if you downloaded a Google image without knowing where it came from, and you put it on your website, you committed copyright infringement. And when somebody came knocking, or sends you a letter, it’s not a cease and desist letter – it’s a demand letter. And they can ask for that money right away, because you’ve already infringed. As opposed to a cease and desist letter, which is very often related to trademark, and in that case, that has no effect at law. That’s also kind of a shakedown. But people get scared about cease and desist letters. They shouldn’t. They should get scared about demand letters, because they will likely lose in a court of law.

See you over at the podcast for more on this, Robin Williams, tech, and more 🙂

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The difference between patents and copyrights
  • What to understand about demand and cease and desist letters

Bio

Michael Prywes is a New York attorney who serves artists and creative entrepreneurs. Michael is also the author of the bestselling practical guide “The Gasp: How to Seize That A-Ha! Moment and Turn It into a Winning Business.” His podcast “How I Broke Into” takes a deep dive into the big breaks of successful artists and businesspeople; guests have included Hal Elrod (“The Miracle Morning), Emmy-winner Reed Morano (“A Handmaid’s Tale”), ballet gold medalist Brooklyn Mack (The Washington Ballet), and museum sculptor Rhoda Sherbell (MOMA, Cooperstown).

Michael is an active father of two boys, 10 and 8 years old; he has been a Little League coach since they were just out of diapers. In 2017, he was elected to serve as a Trustee of the Board of Education for the Half Hollow Hills Central School District, one of the largest school districts on Long Island.

Michael is also a former media professional with a background in film, theatre, video, art, music, Internet, and law. A tech enthusiast since the age of 5, when he learned to program Basic on a TI-99/4A, Michael built the first globally crowdsourced audience voting entertainment site, CastOurMovie, which was featured in the Industry Standard, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and U.S. News and World Report. Michael founded the now decades-old Jewish Theatre Ensemble at Northwestern University, for which he earned the Elie Wiesel Prize for Jewish Arts and Culture.

On the legal side of the entertainment industry, Michael has served as Law Clerk for New Video Group/Docurama (now Cinedigm), distributor of the A&E/History, Scholastic, and Major League Baseball labels, and has worked for ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers). Michael has been involved in the drafting of agreements and negotiations with the companies guiding the future of media and technology convergence: Amazon Unbox, Apple iTunes, Netflix, etc.

Michael currently is an adjunct professor at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, teaching “Intellectual Property and Cutting the Deal” to MFA candidates. He has also taught screenwriting and film at St. John’s University and CUNY Queens College and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools including UCLA and NYU.

Michael was one of 12 students selected for Northwestern University’s “Creative Writing for the Media Program,” alongside Seth Meyers (“Late Night”), Janae Bakken (“Scrubs”), and Breen Frazier (“Criminal Minds”). He also graduated from UCLA’s Professional Screenwriting Program. Michael received his JD from the Hofstra University School of Law, where he attended on a Full Merit Scholarship, and was selected as a Dean’s Scholar.

Michael is a member of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Free Gifts

Downloadable audio book The Gasp: How to Seize That A-Ha! Moment and Turn It into a Winning Business

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Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.



About Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.

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