My work partner and I have just finished to built a new community website about sport.
We also have created a Private Limited Company in UK (with the help of an accountant).
We both don't know anything about law...
So legally, we have copy/paste some Terms and Privacy from a similar site and modified them to fit to our site.
We also have added a xxx @ 2008 in the footer of the site
Are we missing to do to something legally or to be protected ? like register somewhere for the copyright, protect design, ideas ? etc...
As we are only 2 in the project, I guess it would be easy for a big company who likes our website to copy it in few month and use their strong marketing department to take the market.
Is there something we can do about that ?
Thank you very much for your help.
There are several different types of intellectual property that are often confused:
And, the obvious disclaimer: IANAL.
As I understand it (I'm not a lawyer or someone with a legal background either) your content is copyrighted in the UK whether or not you've put a © symbol on it or not, from the moment it is published (Possibly even prior to that). You don't have to register it or anything else. I vaguely remember reading about it on some site linked to by the direct.gov site. You need to either look it up or find somebody who knows about this, probably sooner rather than later.
Edit: Here we go its on the IPO website here
Copyright protection exists whether or not you register your website. As soon as you create an original work it is protected, meaning that others cannot copy it and profit from it. There are some benefits to registering, like added protection and the availability of different damages. Since registering is a fairly simple task, it may be worth your while.
You mention protecting "design" and "ideas." Copyrights don't apply to ideas. If you have a specific design you'd like to protect, you might consider filing a trademark.