Social Networking website copyright

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jsobota
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Social Networking website copyright

Post by jsobota » Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:12 pm

I am creating a new social networking website. It is based in an innovative idea which was not up to the moment used by any other social networking website. How can I protect this new concept from being copied by other? It is not onl about protecting the programming language but its concept. Thanks in advance.

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Post by Warlock » Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:11 pm

Sorry -- but copyright does not apply t the 'idea' of something. To be subject to copyright a work must be tangible - i.e. written down/recorded.

Copyright will apply to your website content and code, not the idea. If someone else wants to start a competing site that's just fair competition. As long as they don't copy your content there's nothing to stop them.

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Post by jsobota » Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:59 am

Thanks Warlock. I thought a patent could protect the innovative features of my social networking website. Is that not the case?

thanks for your help, my next steps are now cleare in my mind.

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