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I've had an idea for an internet business but no idea how to get started - what do I do?

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Pennies Mon 05-Oct-09 13:57:33

How do I get a website set up without the person who sets it up nicking the idea themselves?

bigstripeytiger Mon 05-Oct-09 14:09:02

Hopefully if you went to a professional they wouldnt nick your idea.

Have you had a look at setting a website up yourself? Depending on the scale of your idea that might be enough for you, or at least would give you a better idea of what you need to ask of the person who is setting it up for you.

MadreInglese Mon 05-Oct-09 14:10:37

Can you apply for some sort of patent/copyright?

<watches too much dragons' den>

bigstripeytiger Mon 05-Oct-09 14:25:09

Have you seen this: IP Office

Pennies Mon 05-Oct-09 14:38:38

Well it would involve some kind of table processing software and payment - I suppose paypal would suffice but I need it to be easy for people to pay if they don't want to use paypal too.

Pennies Mon 05-Oct-09 14:39:10

Useful link there BST - will investigate.

MrAnchovy Mon 05-Oct-09 18:53:19

You can't copyright an idea, and you can't patent software or services.

So the way to protect your interest is by signing a contract with confidentiality provisions which will protect your interest - any professional (company or individual) will have these terms in their standard services agreement, but do check the agreement carefully or have a lawyer do it for you.

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