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Protective Clothing

Can I show people my designs without losing the shirt off my back?

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Question: I'min the process of creating more than 50 new imprinted T-shirts,whose designs can also be used for bumper stickers, posters,buttons and more. How can I protect my ideas, slogans, phrases andlogos when showing and discussing them with professional graphicartists or companies I hire to help me get professional-qualityfinal designs?
Aslam Romani
Via e-mail

Answer: First,before showing your creative product to anyone, get him or her tosign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). An NDA, which identifies whatyou're protecting, covers confidentiality, circulation,duplication and use of the information being provided. An at-torneycan prepare your NDA, or you can prepare it yourself, preferablywith an attorney reviewing it. You don't want to use someoneelse's NDA, because they almost always favor whoever writesthem. Having a formal NDA may scare off a few people, but it letsthe rest know you're serious and fully prepared to use the lawto protect your interest.

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