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ROCINANTE
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join:1999-06-29
Hartsdale, NY

How do I protect an idea I have for a website?

The idea is large in scope, but I will be starting with a small piece of it when I create the site. How would I protect the idea? Copyright?
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CRUNCH THIS!



darcilicious
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Unfortunately, despite what you may have heard from late night television, satellite radio commercials or snake oil salesmen, there is no effective way to protect an idea. Copyrights protect expression and patents protects inventions, and neither protect ideas.

»www.ipwatchdog.com/2010/11/23/pr···d=13495/


Oh_No
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join:2011-05-21
Chicago, IL
reply to ROCINANTE

Basically you would have to patent your idea, but that costs several 10s of thousands to do.
Large corporations patent ideas, vague concepts, and nonworking ideas that never should be allowed a patent all the time.

For cheap you can copyright your code, text on your site, and graphics. While you can copyright the code, if someone can do the same functionality with different coding then they can get around your copyright.



Steve
I know your IP address
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join:2001-03-10
Foothill Ranch, CA
kudos:5

1 recommendation

reply to ROCINANTE

... by being first and by doing a better job than the next guy.



ff1324
Everybody Goes Home
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join:2002-08-24
On Four Day
reply to ROCINANTE

Don't tell anyone.