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YouTube star Michelle Phan has been slapped with a copyright-infringement lawsuit over her use of background music in her makeup tutorials.

The do-it-yourself online makeup sensation is accused of rising to commercial success by illegally using copyrighted music by artists like Deadmau5 and Kaskade in her videos. While Phan insists she didn't infringe on any copyrights, business owners may be wondering: Isn't there a way for entrepreneurs like Phan to use music without being sued?

Learn from Phan's copyright suit with these three business lessons:

The Internet's sharing economy -- fueled by breakthrough startups like Airbnb and Uber -- has made its way into a somewhat unlikely new area: musical instruments.

A new service called Sparkplug allows musicians with musical instruments, gear, or practice spaces that aren't being used to rent it out to other musicians who may need it. Unlike Craigslist, eBay, or other sites where users can buy and sell musical gear, Sparkplug allows musicians with valuable equipment to generate income during downtime without having to part ways with a prized musical instrument or hard-to-find amplifier.

Sound like something you'd be interested in? Here are five legal tips for using this new musical sharing service:

Layoffs are an unpleasant task for any small business, and if they can be avoided, all the better.

That may have been a discussion within Microsoft prior to its announcement that the company would be cutting 18,000 jobs. The New York Times reports the tech giant will be making the lion's share of cuts from its Nokia-acquired groups -- about 12,500 jobs. Severance pay and other layoff costs add up for any company, and Microsoft estimates it will dole out between $1.1 to $1.6 billion to cover the massive cuts.

While your business isn't as big as Microsoft, you may be able to avoid layoffs by considering these seven legal tactics:

Iconic American theme park Disneyland opened 59 years ago today.

And as you might imagine, over the last six decades, Disneyland and its parent corporation Disney have been involved in a fair amount of litigation, from personal injury lawsuits to intellectual property disputes.

Here are five lessons your business can learn from Disney's long legal history:

It legal to post business video-surveillance footage online?

Many businesses employ video surveillance systems, and the footage can often result in useful -- or humorous -- clips that somehow find their way onto YouTube, Facebook, or other websites.

While it is likely legal for businesses to use security footage for the purpose of preventing theft, or even to track down criminals, murkier legal waters await businesses who are posting security cam footage just for laughs. Here's what business owners need to know:

Insurance is a necessary part of protecting your business from liability, and as the need for protection grows, so has the field of insurance.

Whether you want to safeguard your business' physical property, prepare for suits from slips and falls, or buttress your online reputation from the slings and arrows of social media, your business needs to be insured.

Check out these five key types of insurance your small business may need:

Bookstore chain Barnes & Noble's recent settlement with New York's Attorney General should be a warning to business owners: Breastfeeding moms usually have the law on their side.

In the New York case, a woman breastfeeding her 5-month-old child was asked to cover up or leave by a Barnes & Noble manager, who said that uncovered breastfeeding was "against store policy." After the woman filed a complaint, the Attorney General stepped in to remind Barnes & Noble that breastfeeding in public was definitely encouraged by state policy, not to mention state law.

Here are three lessons your business can learn from Barnes & Noble's breastfeeding brouhaha:

Making a few mistakes can be a great way to learn tough lessons about running a business. But some mistakes can cost you more than just your confidence; they can lead to your business being shut down -- maybe for good.

What are some of the worst mistakes you can make? Here are five big ones that can put your business out of commission:

Social media training is essential for any employer who wants his or her staff to help a business' online presence to thrive.

But there's more to this training than just making sure your employees know how to log on to Facebook and Twitter -- there are a few legal points you'll want to cover as well.

If you're unsure where to start, try these five legal topics on social media to cover with your staff:

As dating app Tinder is being sued by an ex-vice president for sexual harassment, the startup's alleged missteps can offer a few lessons for small business owners.

Ex-VP of marketing Whitney Wolfe claims that Tinder's executives bombarded her with sexist and insulting comments, emails, and texts, and that high-level execs at Tinder's parent company IAC/InterActiveCorp did nothing to stop it. An IAC spokesman told The New York Times that Wolfe's claims were "unfounded."

As the case proceeds, here are three lessons that business owners can glean from this Tinder sexual harassment suit: