Re: copyright for events?
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on March 26, 1999 at 04:55:23:
In Reply to: copyright for events? posted by J.Davies on March 23, 1999 at 03:43:51:
: I organised a specialist event with a certain format and featuring certain artists and personalities. An ex-employee, who now works for a competitor in business, used the exact format and same artists in a similar event recently. I was planning to hold another of these events, but had to cancel because of this.
: Do I hold any intellectual copyright on the original idea, and can I do anything about it?
Ideas are not in themselves protectable. You can use your old ideas but must do it in a way that does not involve you unfairly with the former employer. or any agreements that bind you from the former employer.
OOPS I read it wrong.
There are no rights to ideas per se but if an employee takes what you have, there is likely a cause of action against ther emplyoee as well as the compeitor.
A word of caution. Simple employment agreements could make your life a bit simpler.
M. Arthur Auslander
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