- Aug 24, 2007
2) Yes, if you decided to go with us for your developing project, you could copyright our program. I would have no problem with giving you 100% intellectual rights to the design/layout/custom system that we would make especially for you.
I should be a little bit clearer about what a software copyright is...
A copyright protects the bits of code (the 1's and 0's) that you create, not the ideas within the code (that's what patents are for). A copyright keeps people from physically cutting and pasting your code (or the 1's and 0's) to create a new copy.
When someone pirates (copies) software, they are infringing upon copyright, and the main goal of a copyright on software is to stop piracy. Since I don't imagine your main concern is piracy, you really don't need to focus so much on copyright. You may, however, want to talk to a patent lawyer (who specializes in software) about any patentable ideas you have.
And you can do that now...you don't have to wait until the software is completed.
You don't need to actually apply for a copyright. Much like a book or any other work of art, copyright is automatically assigned to the owner.4) When we develop the software, we will sign a notarized contract stating that all of our work is 100% original and all rights will be transferred to your party. Then after that the software will be yours, and you can apply for a copyright.
That said, if you want to apply for an explicit copyright, you can through the US Patent Office (I believe).