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Legal Stuff - What protection do i have from website copiers?
Macbeth




msg:367669
 1:53 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Does anybody have a quick answer to what protection i have legally over the image of my site and the business idea in itself?

I have a dating site and i'm worried that i would be protected legally, if someone were to copy the templates, make i there own, and copy my dating service.

 

netguy




msg:367670
 2:39 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

>>Does anybody have a quick answer to what protection i have legally over the image of my site and the business idea in itself?

Macbeth, I would probably register a copyright for (both) the website, and any custom programming code utilized. As far as protecting your 'idea,' that is more along the lines of a patent than a copyright - which is unlikely you would be able to get.

If you are in the U.S. (and I believe in the UK as well), there is what is called a 'provisional patent' that allows you to efficiently file for a patent (about $200) and place 'patent pending' on the site to scare away a few prospective offenders. (a provisional patent is only good for 1 year and offers very little 'real' protection without further patent filings and substantial added costs).

Unfortunately - regardless of the protection - if you are successful, then I'm certain there will be many 'knockoffs' to contend with in the future.

Steve

trillianjedi




msg:367671
 3:02 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

The law is a complex beast. You need proper legal advice. Do not take any advice you receive on any public forum pertaining to be legal to actually be correct.

Does anybody have a quick answer...

On issues of law there isn't one. There is a right answer and a wrong answer. To be sure you are getting the former and not the latter, you need to seek the advice of a lawyer.

TJ

goodroi




msg:367672
 3:27 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

TJ is correct. When it comes to legal advice you get what you pay for. Think about that when you request free legal advice :).

Macbeth




msg:367673
 5:40 pm on Feb 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

true they do say the most expensive advice is free

crobb305




msg:367674
 1:37 am on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Save cached versions/page snapshots for future reference.

Daretodream




msg:367675
 3:30 am on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a little experience in patents. I do not believe a patent would cover this. The only possible patent you could receive is a design patent and these are almost worthless in my opinion. You could change a little something here and there and have a totally different patent. I own a utility patent, and this type is one of the strongest type you can get. You should check into copyrighting your site. Possibly even trademark. Go to [uspto.gov...] Not trying to spam, but my site deals with patent and trademarks. <snip>
Good Luck,
Cindy

[edited by: trillianjedi at 11:05 am (utc) on Feb. 25, 2005]
[edit reason] No self-promotional posts please - thanks [/edit]

Macbeth




msg:367676
 11:02 am on Feb 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

very useful daretodream thankyou

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