Giving Away Ideas to the Public
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Posted by Stefan Micke on December 01, 2002 at 05:45:20:
I run a free idea database at www.creativitypool.com. The basic concept is that people should donate their ideas to the public if they don't use them themselves. The ideas are basically public domain (free to use by anyone), however if someone implements an idea, they are expected to give a (small) reward.
I have been running this site for nearly two years now, and I think I should finally get the legal framework straight. I am planning to rewrite my site description so everyone knows exactly what's happening when they submit an idea. I am considering two approaches:
1. The owner keeps the copyright and gets credit for his idea. Problem: this might be the basis for legal battles and lawsuits (someone claiming later on that he got the credits, but no adequate monetary compensation).
2. The submitter forfeits all rights, it's no longer his/her idea, but something "public". Problem: I don't know if that's possible at all, and I especially doubt that it's possible by clicking the submit button on a website.
Are those good alternatives? Or is there a better approach than those two?
Many thanks in advance!
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