How Can I Protect My Idea?

How Can I Protect My Idea?

Copyright your idea

We all get ideas from time to time and some are extremely valuable. Someone may have an idea to cure cancer, while others may have an idea for a movie or TV show that no one has ever done before. Even before you take your idea to fruition, you may want to protect it from someone who may think it's a good enough idea to steal. After all, if it's worth making money from, it may be worth copying or stealing outright. So, how do you protect your idea, even during the initial stages of a project or business? The best way to protect your idea is through copyright law.

If you have a good idea, you need copyright protection like the type provided through Legally speaking, if your idea is detailed, creative, and unique enough, you will have a copyright on it when you write it down, but if you are challenged on your ownership of the idea or someone else has copied all or part of it, or they are claiming they came up with it first, you will have to be able to prove your ownership and the effective date of your idea. The easiest way to do that is to register and deposit your idea.

How We Keep Your Idea Safe and Protect Your Rights

When you make a copyright deposit of your idea, it's very important to make it as detailed as possible. One or two sentences will be difficult to protect. But if your idea is extremely detailed and you deposit it with us, the protection is instantaneous. The registration and deposit of your idea establishes your ownership and a date certain of its creation. Your deposit establishes priority of copyright and is incontestable proof of copyright. The deposit becomes your official witness of your rights.

When you file for copyright protection for your idea with, your protection is valid for life. Your work is handled carefully by officials who are obligated by law to retain all documents deposited with the utmost care, in an integrated system that makes all deposits unalterable, thus certifying their authenticity. In all cases, your idea is immediately retrievable at any time by you, so that you can always demonstrate proof of your rights to that idea.

In the United Kingdom, as long as your idea is highly unique and creative and you provide enough details to establish it as such, it will qualify for copyright protection. You will always be able to protect your idea and to demonstrate ownership of your idea and that it predates the copy, provides you with opportunity by creating a secure location for your idea, and by giving you the ability to stop any infringing party in their tracks. The protection for your idea is also very comprehensive. When you make a copyright deposit in the UK, your copyright protection is valid in all 171 countries that have signed on to the Berne Convention. That means your idea is protected internationally.

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