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 Work at Home Moms > General Internet Marketing Articles > How to Copyright an Idea

How to Copyright an Idea - Sorry, It Can't Be Done

Why Trying to Protect Your Business Ideas from Duplication Can Be Hazardous to Your Health and Your Profit Margin

Since starting in online business, I have always been amazed at the outcries of people who say their websites are being copied. I head right over to see because I hate copyright infringement. Most of the time, when I arrive I see a website that has a similar concept…sometimes better than the original and sometimes worse. Then, I think, “What’s the problem?”

Now, don’t get me wrong, if a website has copied the text of another website…that is a copyright issue. Absolutely! But, if you’re wondering how to copyright an idea, I’m very sorry ---

You CAN’T copyright an idea.

Let’s Imagine a World with Copyright Protection on Ideas

If we could copyright ideas, we’d be living in a world where people only drank Coca-Cola; we’d all be operating computers using DOS; and we’d all be driving Fords. It doesn’t make for an interesting world, does it?

Innovation comes when talented people develop existing ideas and make them even better.

Of Course, There is Malice in this Online World

Yeah, I know some people develop similar ideas because they want to sabotage your efforts or to simply make you sweat. These people are not worth one iota of  your time and you can just let them crash and burn on their own. An online business built on revenge rarely goes far.

So, let’s forget about these people. We don’t care about them and stressing out about it could harm your health (seriously!) and your business.

Competition is a GOOD thing! Turn it into a Positive

Let’s be serious…if you have no competition, you are probably in the wrong industry and there is not likely a demand for your product or service. We all need a little competition.

If I had a dime for every time somebody asked me for advice on starting a work at home mom resources website just like…I’d be a very, very wealthy woman.

You know what I do when people ask me for advice? I give them candid and honest advice for developing their website. I encourage them to find their own niche within the work at home mom market and be the best that they can be in that niche. Don’t do what everyone else is doing, I tell them…make it better!

Why do I do this? Because I want to create an environment of openness and if that person can create a useful website…it might just be possible to work as business partners on projects or co-promotion, instead of battling like children.

So, next time you start to fret when you see a similar website set up shop next door, take a look inside and see what it’s all about. You may see so many ways you can work together. You could write an ebook together; co-write a newsletter; start a public forum together; or promote one another’s products.

Just keep an open mind. The possibilities are endless!





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