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Aiight, I'm stumped on this one...
I recently (20 minutes ago) submitted 44 ideas to an online t-shirt company... now they apparently pay up to $200 per idea if 10 t-shirts sell in the first week or $5 a t-shirt if less than 10 sell, so I'm looking at up to $8,800 for my ideas, granted not all of them are going to get approved, and some may only sell a few... anyway my problem is that I wanted to keep a backup of all my submissions so I could at least have proof of submitting them in case they try to screw me out of the money, and at the last moment I forgot to copy it... so here's my problem, I've tried searching my internet logs for any outgoing data and can't find it. Anybody out there know where I might be able to salvage this data ?
You can't move the furniture anymore
And I'm not gonna trip and fall
Going for the door
Fuzz - Helen Keller
do a poor man's copyright.
before you submit them, jot down your ideas, put them in an envelope, and mail them to yourself.
once you get the letter, don't open it. it will be postmarked with a date. then submit the ideas. you now have a sealed envelope, that is dated by an official government agency. proof that you came up with it first
this might work for email, not too sure about that though.
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Vegitarianism is willingly demoting yourself on the food chain.</span>
Wow. That is an incredibly clever idea. Not that I have anything I need to copyright but thats an impressive idea.
â€œCry â€˜Havocâ€™ and let slip the dogs of war!â€? - Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene I
That idea is all over the GameMaker forums. Im not sure if it works or not.
Try searching your cache (i think thats where it stores site info, if im wrong please correct me)
Check out copyright law at the gov's website. Legally once you create the idea, you have copyright. I'd even cut and paste this forum topic (or save it as a webpage, whatever). If it's something written, just writing copyright at the bottom with the date holds legal weight. Of course, it's a matter of proving that you did it first, hence the postmark idea or saving this webpage or actually going through the process of paperwork (probably not worth it at this point).
Good luck and I hope you turn some dough!
unfortunately, the poor man's copyright concept doesn't work. it's one of those things that has been floating around forever, used by everyone from artists to screenwriters, but it doesn't hold water. it's easily faked, plus having a postmark doesn't show anything other than that the container (the envelope) entered the USPS on a certain date.
you do create a copyright when you create a work that is able to be copywritten (like a piece of artwork, writing, etc.), but that doesn't do you any good in the case that you get ripped off, mainly because the burden of proof will be on YOU to enforce it, unless it is registered -- and enforcing it is almost always expensive and time consuming, so unless large amounts of cash are at risk, there is no point.