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Please take this question seriously.

I have some moneys and ideas and I would like to hire developers/graphics to write down my ideas into a website.

I could do it all myself, I have the right knowledge but I don't have time.

Now the problem is: If i hire some good developers and tell him my ideas who assures me he will not steal my idea and build the website on his own? (take the social network film)

The best thing to do would be to create a team with firends and make it, But sincerly in my city and in my country my friends maximum are able to do is start pc -> open facebook.com

What would be your moves?

Other than the "steal part" I would like to know tips for the team-management too

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closed as not constructive by gnat, Martijn Pieters, MichaelT, Dynamic, Glenn Nelson Mar 2 '13 at 15:45

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Regarding your question about "stealing" ideas, see programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/10736/… and (from the other side) programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/56808/… –  ChrisF Mar 25 '11 at 12:28
I think I need some more sleep - did anyone else read this as "Please take this question seriously. I have some monkeys and ideas..." ? –  DKnight Mar 25 '11 at 13:28
@ DKnight - I need more sleep too - not only did I read it that way, I wrote an entire comment saying the exact same thing, before I saw yours ... –  Beekguk Mar 25 '11 at 17:15
+1 on the previous answers regarding legal advice. As for finding people not in your city/country, try a site like ODesk. –  Beekguk Mar 25 '11 at 17:18
"who assures me he will not steal my idea" - mostly a social convention called "professionalism" but the answer about the NDA is the practical thing to do. –  DarenW Mar 25 '11 at 20:08

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I am not a lawyer, so I suggest you talk to one about this.

What you need is an NDA and a non-compete agreement. A non-disclosure agreement is a document you and your employee will sign that says "I will not disclose this idea or set of ideas to anyone for the next 5 years" or so. A non-compete is a document that says "I will not compete against this company and make this exact same type of thing for the next 3 years" or so. A non-compete is much less powerful, as there are "right to work" laws in many states preventing you for causing a person to not be able to work in their field, but an NDA should cover them building the same thing as they would have to disclose the idea to build the product. These documents will hold up in court if and when your employee tries to take your ideas and implement them on their own or sell them to someone. Again, talk to a lawyer about exactly what you need, as the law varies from state to state and country to country.

If you can't afford a lawyer, then Legalzoom has DNA documents ready to go that you could purchase and use for about $20, but I still suggest you talk to a lawyer to get the full story.

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thanks for the infos –  dynamic Mar 25 '11 at 14:59

Like Ryan, I am not a lawyer, so take advice where you need to take it.

That said, if you employ people (pay them for work done), usually you can specify a number of points in the terms of employment: 1/ intellectual property created under the terms of employment belong to and remain the property of the company / employer. 2/ any architecture, design, documents, code, data produced under the terms of the agreement belong to and remain the property of the company / employer. 3/ any contacts (customers, suppliers) made during employment are protected by anti competition and confidentiality clauses. ...

This is only to get you started with a suitably qualified person. Bring up those points to your chosen employment and intellectual property law adviser, and read previous contracts of employment that you or people near you have signed in the past.

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