Re: selling an idea

From: Michael B. Hubbard (
Date: Sun Jan 28 2001 - 08:44:11 MST

Take a look at They actually have an idea marketplace on the
web that is frequented by some large corporations. And the simple act of
publishing it on the web can be enough to prove copyright. The other thing
you can do short of registering the idea with the US copyright office is put
your written idea in an envelope and mail it to yourself. The postmark is
proof of when you created the work.

Otherwise, if you want to copyright the work, the US copyright office
website can be found at

----- Original Message -----
From: "Spike Jones" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, January 27, 2001 4:00 PM
Subject: selling an idea

> 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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