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I have an idea that who knows, could catch on on YouTube and

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I have an idea that who knows, could catch on on YouTube and I'd be hoping to monetize it through number of views. There's nothing proprietary about it, just a cool/funny/healthy idea. I met a guy who has some YouTube stuff up already and said he could help produce it and get it on YouTube, monetize it etc. He's a great guy but my fear is once it's out of the bag, I have no protection. How would I go about getting protection? Once it's out, other people can copy it. Thanks!!!
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Maverick replied 12 days ago.

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Expert:  Maverick replied 12 days ago.

Generally, ideas themselves are not afforded formal intellectual property protection such as copyright, trademark, or patent. For example, the formula for making Coke is what is known as a trade secret. The formula would be protected via a non-disclosure agreement if it needed to be disclosed to a third-party manufacturer, for instance. So, if you disclose the idea on Youtube, you are right, it would not have any protection. However, if you write a book about it, copyright it, and market it; then you would be paid the royalties. Or, you could make your Youtube video so that a fee is charged to view it.

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