selling an idea

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sat Jan 27 2001 - 15:00:10 MST

Im all in favor of freedom of information and transparency
and all that, but suddenly Im on the other side of the fence:
I have a cool idea for a TV ad that I think will sell a lotta
clothing. Its edgy, funny and simple. Now I want to sell
this idea to someone in the biz. I dont even care how much
I get for it, as that isnt my usual line of business, but I
would like to at least get a token amount just to prove
it was my idea.

Somebody help me out here: how do I do it? Is there a
way to copyright a simple idea? Its a funny little skit sorta
that can be made into a commercial. Do I write it down
and send it to, say the Gap? Or find out what company
makes ads for the Gap and send it to them, and ask
for a few hundred bucks if they use it? Do I need to
make a hard copy, notarize it with a date and send it
to some reliable third party? Can I send it to several ad
companies and tell them the first one to send me 500 clams
may use the idea? Thanks in advance, spike

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