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49. How to Legally Protect Your Online Course
Episode 4927th June 2022 • On Your Terms • Sam Vander Wielen
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Courses are the backbone of my business, and I’ve helped thousands of other people run and sell legally legit courses in their businesses.

Even if you aren’t offering courses, much of the advice I give here is going to apply to memberships or other passively-purchased products. We’re going to talk about what course contracts you need, how you can protect your content, and how scope of practice applies to courses. I’ll also go over the most common PITA problems you might come up against so you can avoid them completely.

In this episode, you’ll hear…

  • 08:05 - What makes courses unique legally
  • 09:15 - Keeping up with changing legal considerations
  • 12:29 - Having the right contract
  • 19:52 - Using your contract to protect you
  • 26:05 - How to protect your course content
  • 29:46 - Applying scope of practice to your course
  • 31:22 - Common legal issues with courses—and how to avoid them

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