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Topic # 58752 18-Mar-2010 14:20
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I have a concept in my mind and want to develop a website based on it. I dont' have much knowledge about website design and development process, so i would have to give a project to develop a website to some website company. Tell me if i am wrong, i am worried that discussing concept in detail with website developer can create an oppurtunity for someone to steal the concept before it is put into reality. what precautions should i take if my worry is genuine? Thanks

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  Reply # 308838 18-Mar-2010 16:43
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If you give me a buzz I can give you some contact details of a guy who's looking for work and has qualifications in website design and development.




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  Reply # 308839 18-Mar-2010 16:49

I do web design. In your case you may want to have a confidentiality agreement drawn up by the lawyer. However I probably wouldn't agree to it, as I may have had the same idea you have, and had thought about developing it into a project to. That would mean as soon as I create something even similar, you could potentially sue me for steaking your ideas. So I wouldn't do it. I think you just have to trust the designer. Some may go into a profit sharing arrangement, especially if you don't have a big budget.

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  Reply # 308846 18-Mar-2010 17:24
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IMO. Any developer worth their salt will happily sign a NDA/Confidentiality agreement. I've done it many a time myself.




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  Reply # 308853 18-Mar-2010 17:50
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RedJungle: IMO. Any developer worth their salt will happily sign a NDA/Confidentiality agreement. I've done it many a time myself.


+1. It is quite common to sign NDAs for start ups.

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  Reply # 308861 18-Mar-2010 18:04

RedJungle: IMO. Any developer worth their salt will happily sign a NDA/Confidentiality agreement. I've done it many a time myself.


It totally depends on the agreement. I have seen some pretty badly written ones. For example, I had a client who had an idea for a rating website, to rate a particular type of profession, and in it, it basically forbid the developer from ever creating such a website themselves, for any application, ever eg creating a restaurant rating website . They had already told me the sidea, but I refused to sign it, becuase I don't know if I will do that in the future, and the small amount they were paying wasn't worth it. If you were a web developer, I would seriously recommend letting your own lawyer look at the agreement first. I don't know who would wear that cost, but probably the client who was getting the quotes. 

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Reply # 308882 18-Mar-2010 19:28
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robbyp: If you were a web developer, I would seriously recommend letting your own lawyer look at the agreement first. I don't know who would wear that cost, but probably the client who was getting the quotes. 


Wise advice, applies to any agreement you sign really.

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