Copyright : What to do if someone is copying your idea

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Copyright protection is very subjective, expensive to achieve and very ambiguous in US.

There are different ways in which someone can copy your data. Two major ways in which someone can copy your idea are

• Copying

If you have a great idea which you share with someone, they might copy your idea and claim it as their own. This might happen UN-knowingly by the person who copies your ideas. However, there might be cases when they copy your work on purpose for money, success, reputation and what not.
Whether copying is done legally or illegally, it is still not legal.

• Piracy

There might be cases when you want to bring out your thoughts or ideas to the world and blog about it. Certainly you would not want others to copy your work and claim it as their own. Taking your work or sharing it with others without taking your permissions or paying for it is piracy, especially when it is done to gain the intellectual property rather than the physical value. Music, art, software, etc can be pirated easily.

How to prevent copying data?

Legal action is too expensive, ideas are difficult to prove as unique, or you may not have sufficient evidence that your idea was copied. It might be very difficult or practically impossible to fight piracy. So how do we prevent piracy or people copying your work?

There is nothing much you can do about it too stop 100% copying if you think logically. It might be difficult to satisfy customer’s expectations and prevent people from copying your work. However it is very difficult to prove a copyright infringement as the person might use your data/idea and recreate it in a different form.

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It can be very frustrating to discover that your work has been copied by someone. You can still try your best to take prevent copying or take actions if your work is copied.

• If you think your idea is very valuable and no one has come up with this fact before, then, do not openly discuss your thoughts and ideas with everyone, even though they are very close to you.

• When you are presenting your idea to a group of people, do not give the complete information to them, just mention an overview of what it is, let them keep thinking. If you provide a complete information, you might be under trouble and loose your credits of claiming it as your own work. 

• Mention at the end of the work that this work cannot be copied. You can try putting a trademarked logo for your product/idea when you are blogging about it.

• If your idea is highly unique and very innovative, then make sure you file a patent for it.

• You can password protect the sites where you might have video course or membership on something.

• Use encrypted passwords for accessing or using your software.

• If you get to know the person has copied your work, email the person and request to bring it down.

• If the person who copied your work still doesn’t remove your copied information, then file a complaint against them and take legal actions. Provide supporting documents showing the idea is yours and unique.

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