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Old 05-01-2005, 08:14 PM   #21
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True....but he has to claim the copyright. He has to give notification that it is copyrighted, which he does not.
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Old 05-01-2005, 08:33 PM   #22
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If you buy it, you own it. You can post pictures all over the internet of it if you want. Copyright protection is not to prevent someone from posting information about something they own on the internet. It is to prevent someone else from copying and selling the same design.
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Old 05-01-2005, 08:38 PM   #23
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Copyrights do not need to be posted that there is one. If you write a book, you do not need a copyright. As long as you have proof it is your book you are covered. If someone re-does your book and copyrights it and you find out, you can really get them in trouble because you are the original maker, and you can have their copyright removed. Publicly displaying copyright stuff is BETTER because most people do not know that everyone who writes a book or something like this, is covered by a copyright.
Copyright does not cover something like this anyway (I checked into this extensivly one time). Copyright is mainly books and such.

A PATENT is what he would need. And those cost several hundred dollars to aquire (If I remember right).

And that is true, anyone can post all of that idea all OVER the internet and not get in trouble about it.
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So did someone finally get it?
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Old 05-02-2005, 05:21 PM   #25
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Dr NAte ordered it I dont know if he got it or not.
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I think that it probably is a good idea, but when you have a good idea you should patent it and keep others from cashing in as much as possible.
It's not quite that simple. I think you have to hire a lawyer to research your idea to see if anything like it has already been patented, then you have to apply for a patent. A patent costs THOUSANDS of dollars I believe - I thought it was $8,000 (not including other legal fees). After you go through that legal hell, you still have to have the funds and desire to sue anyone who violates the patent.

Like most money-making ventures in this country, patents and copyrights are primarily for the rich or well-connected.
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Old 05-02-2005, 05:49 PM   #27
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Ok, now I'm really ready to find out what this idea is...I really didn't think it'd take this long to find out!
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It's not quite that simple. I think you have to hire a lawyer to research your idea to see if anything like it has already been patented, then you have to apply for a patent. A patent costs THOUSANDS of dollars I believe - I thought it was $8,000 (not including other legal fees). After you go through that legal hell, you still have to have the funds and desire to sue anyone who violates the patent.

Like most money-making ventures in this country, patents and copyrights are primarily for the rich or well-connected.
Its $500 to apply for the patent, then you have to do a search (at the patent office, or a lawyer can do it for you) to make sure that you can patent it. That takes time. Other than that there are no fees to patent an idea, just to actually produce it.

My husband (prior to us getting married) went to have an idea patented. He paid the $500 than found out that the idea had already been patented. His best friend is a major business man in our home town and has done patents many times before, thus he didnt need all the expensive books or lawyers to get started. That was in Texas. I am not sure if it varies from state to state or country to country.

Most people use lawyers to get patents, but you dont have to. If you do hire a lawyer it is more expensive. They will also come up with ways that you can go around getting a patent on a similar idea to one that has already been patented. People get ideas patented all the time, then never do anything with them. Its really very stupid. I think they should only patent ideas if people have a solid business plan on how they are going to make money on the idea.
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It costs a lot of money to alter a patent as well.
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After you go through that legal hell, you still have to have the funds and desire to sue anyone who violates the patent.
That's exactly right. Filing the patent doesn't cost nearly as much as it does to defend it, especially if you're up against an established company with deep pockets.
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