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Old 25.04.2018, 17:31
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Ways to protect an idea for Web Page?

Hi guys, have any of you have some idea on how to avoid getting copied an idea for a website?

Im planning in a near future to hire some freelancers to help me out with a new fresh idea for a site, but i would love to avoid any "zuckerberg" case

Also to avoid see many sites with the same idea, if that exist, since Google and Yahoo for example exist... same as Facebook and some other Social Media sites... Until which point can you prevent this?


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Old 25.04.2018, 18:42
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Re: Ways to protect an idea for Web Page?

Sorry, but you can't copyright, trademark or patent an idea. It would all need to be written down. Patent through the appropriate patent office, copyright could be witnessed by a solicitor/notary and kept in a safe place, trademark no idea.
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Old 25.04.2018, 18:51
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Sorry, but you can't copyright, trademark or patent an idea. It would all need to be written down. Patent through the appropriate patent office, copyright could be witnessed by a solicitor/notary and kept in a safe place, trademark no idea.
Thanks! Another related question would be, how to make it somehow "legal", what to put on the Privacy and Policy, also on the Terms and Conditions? Who sets that? a lawyer? you?
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Re: Ways to protect an idea for Web Page?

martin, I honestly think you should confide in us your great idea...that way we will be able to help you better


But seriously, what you need to make sure is that anyone you hire to carry out any work in the creation of your website etc. signs a non-disclosure agreement, that is the basic thing you need to try and protect your idea. However, that said, your core idea could be taken, tweaked, improved, and used as the foundation of something else. In that case, I believe you can still be screwed.
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Re: Ways to protect an idea for Web Page?

You could do it yourself I suppose, but I'd suggest consulting a lawyer who specialises in intellectual property law.

You also need to consider how far you're prepared to go to protect this. I recently pointed out on another forum that some sellers on Ebay were breaking a company's copyright by using an image of their product. Yes, we know - but it's so difficult to get companies like Ebay, Facebook, etc, to remove/block the offenders it's not worth bothering about.

You could also have monetary costs to consider if you take legal action.

This may give you a starting point:

https://www.ige.ch/en/law-and-policy...al-ip-law.html
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You could do it yourself I suppose, but I'd suggest consulting a lawyer who specialises in intellectual property law.

You also need to consider how far you're prepared to go to protect this. I recently pointed out on another forum that some sellers on Ebay were breaking a company's copyright by using an image of their product. Yes, we know - but it's so difficult to get companies like Ebay, Facebook, etc, to remove/block the offenders it's not worth bothering about.

You could also have monetary costs to consider if you take legal action.

This may give you a starting point:

https://www.ige.ch/en/law-and-policy...al-ip-law.html
Thanks! I will take a look at it

Yeah, well i guess thats my weakness point, dont have cash to hire super lawyers or things like that still i believe people with good ideas or own materials such as photos in your case should have better protection against those big companies, otherwise the big companies will always do whatever they want and get away with it
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Thanks! I will take a look at it

Yeah, well i guess thats my weakness point, dont have cash to hire super lawyers or things like that still i believe people with good ideas or own materials such as photos in your case should have better protection against those big companies, otherwise the big companies will always do whatever they want and get away with it
To patent something is a long and expensive process. If you're not careful, the invention will be outdated by the time you got it protected
So best invent it, sell as much as possible of it before it gets copied.
(Amabrush has been - badly apparently - copied before it even came on the market - it still isn't LOL).

On the bright side: One having an idea, others developing it further has brought us the most amazing things within the past 30 years.
Some people even pursue exactly that idea (Linux).
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Re: Ways to protect an idea for Web Page?

Ok, I have been to a lot of start up events (as a bit of a hobby as you can meet the funniest characters there...). One thing every venture capitalist will tell you outright: they dont invest in ideas, they invest in people. Everyone has tons of ideas that would make a good business. But the execution and especially the perseverance to tweek it till it works is what 99% of people (most likely including myself) lack. So they recommended to not keep it a secret but do the opposite - talk to as many people as possible about it, collect feedback, develop the idea on based on it. The more people with different backgrounds you talk to, the better will the result be.


a) I think you need to make your website "legal". I dont think it takes a lawyer to do so for a normal website. Read some articles and get some boilerplate T&Cs with minimal adaptations. Switzerland is fortunately not the US where lawyers are just waiting to find some reason to sue you...


b) I do not think you need some massive NDA with anyone. In any work contract I ever signed did it say that the programming and any intellectual property I create during my job belongs exclusively to the employer or customer. It also had a clause that I am not allowed to share that information with anyone. I am pretty sure thats enough. Any clause on "You are never allowed to do something similar for yourself or others again" is pretty surely not enforcable...
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Ok, I have been to a lot of start up events (as a bit of a hobby as you can meet the funniest characters there...). One thing every venture capitalist will tell you outright: they dont invest in ideas, they invest in people. Everyone has tons of ideas that would make a good business. But the execution and especially the perseverance to tweek it till it works is what 99% of people (most likely including myself) lack. So they recommended to not keep it a secret but do the opposite - talk to as many people as possible about it, collect feedback, develop the idea on based on it. The more people with different backgrounds you talk to, the better will the result be.


a) I think you need to make your website "legal". I dont think it takes a lawyer to do so for a normal website. Read some articles and get some boilerplate T&Cs with minimal adaptations. Switzerland is fortunately not the US where lawyers are just waiting to find some reason to sue you...


b) I do not think you need some massive NDA with anyone. In any work contract I ever signed did it say that the programming and any intellectual property I create during my job belongs exclusively to the employer or customer. It also had a clause that I am not allowed to share that information with anyone. I am pretty sure thats enough. Any clause on "You are never allowed to do something similar for yourself or others again" is pretty surely not enforcable...
Yup, very true... Thanks Treverus!!!
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