Re: Re: Re: Copyrighting of an idea
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on December 06, 1999 at 05:26:25:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Copyrighting of an idea posted by Ray on December 04, 1999 at 09:39:33:
: : : According to one of the many responses, a person is not able to copyright an idea only print and/or written material. My question then is if you have an idea that would benifit a major company how can you present your idea to them without the risk of it being taken and used as if it were their idea?
: : You are between a rock and a hard place. Unless you can get an iron bound confidentiality agreement before you talk you are in trouble. The bigger the company the more likely they are to refuse to listen and sign such an agreement. If you write or call what you usually get if form to sign which I call a Waiver of the American Flag. You sign it and you have given everything away.
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: Okay, but could you express your idea in writing, fully conceptualized, then copyright that? If so, would that offer protection after the implementation of the idea?
As I understand what you are saying, no protection of the idea is obtained with the copyright. Things may be able to be done. They may not be able to be done. With all the facts a solution may be found. There is not guarantee that there is a solution.
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