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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: 6 months ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Maverick replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Maverick replied 6 months 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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