An interesting thought I have had about documenting my ideas for products that could potentially be copied.
You hear of people with ideas mailing themselves an envelope with their idea written down inside and sealed within a recorded envelope.
However I was thinking that an SVN repository would be a digital equivalent to this, as it:
- Shows your design and implementation from the skeleton all they way to full system.
- Records dates and times, plus annotations of the actual software written by the dev.
- It can be encrypted and backed up making it a reliable source of evidence
So has there been any cases with dispute of Software IP where repositories have been used along with other evidence e.g. Design Docs, Storyboards...
The only problem I can see is that it is database driven so you could fudge the whole repository with fake dates and timestamps etc.
So is it feasible?