Web idea copyright?

  croydon 14:25 04 Mar 2004

A colleague and I have an idea for a website, something we have not seen before.
Once the site is complete, is it possible to patent or copyright the idea? Thanks.

  Jester2K 14:48 04 Mar 2004

There was a thread on this a few weeks ago. Basically you can't copyright an idea.

  Jester2K 14:51 04 Mar 2004
  croydon 14:59 04 Mar 2004

Jester, that seems to sum things up. Thanks.

  Forum Editor 16:57 04 Mar 2004

so keep your idea a secret and develop your website. When you publish the site, make a copy of it on CD and post it to yourself by special delivery. Don't open the envelope, but keep it in a safe place. If anyone subsequently uses any of the text or images you'll have a far stronger case if you can show that your site was online before theirs.

Other than that there's really nothing you can do to protect your idea - anyone can come along and do exactly the same thing. If you have a unique name for your project you might consider registering it as a trademark, but be warned - this can be an expensive and protracted procedure, and there's no guarantee that you'll get the trademark registration anyway.

  whatsupdoc 17:16 05 Mar 2004

please do as the fe says and take precautions.
any web address that may correspond to the idea will also need to be purchased by yourselves. I've seen so many fantastic projects disappear because someone else took somebody elses hard work and gave it a few tweaks and passed it off as there own.

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