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Prevent Book Idea From Being Stolen

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:54 pm
by RickF
I am writing a book where I plan on having people answer some questions with respect to a certain topic, and then I will be using their responses to support the general premise of the book. My concern is that the people I am sending the questions to could turn around and steal the idea for the book. This would be my first book so it is safe to say I am not well versed in all of the legalese of book writing.

1. Does this sound like a legitimate problem or am I just worrying about nothing?

2. If this could be a potential problem, what approach should I take to prevent it from happening?

Thank You in advance for all responses!

Re: Prevent Book Idea From Being Stolen

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:57 pm
by James A. Ritchie
Ideas are not protected by copyright. Neither are themes or premises. No one owns these things, so no one can steal them. More, ideas and premises are all meaningless. They cost a dime a thousand, and they're overpriced.

No one wants your idea, or your premise. You probably couldn't give them away. You probably couldn't pay someone to take it. It's the quality of the book you turn the idea into that matters. Nothing else does. It's all about the finished book.

So stop worrying about it. Just write the best book you can possibly write. No one is going to steal your idea, your premise, or anything else. They can't steal them because they don't belong to you, and even if they could, they couldn't do anything with them. People who can actually write do not need your ideas. They already have enough to last a lifetime.

Re: Prevent Book Idea From Being Stolen

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:41 am
by Carly Berg
Yep. Having their ideas or writing stolen is something newbies worry about but old-timers don't, if that tells you anything.

Re: Prevent Book Idea From Being Stolen

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:47 am
by mammamaia
since you will be quoting people's responses in the book, you will need to get a release from each one... so you could include in that release, a clause wherein they agree to not write a similar book... it may not hold up in court, if one does so anyway, but it could serve as a deterrent to some extent...

Re: Prevent Book Idea From Being Stolen

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:25 pm
by RickF
Thank you all for your responses. I appreciate you taking the time. You all gave me some great advice!!!

Re: Prevent Book Idea From Being Stolen

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:42 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Prevent Book Idea From Being Stolen

PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:18 am
by mammamaia