Starting a business/web site, how to protect code?

I have been working on some code for a dateing service in Ruby/Rails.
I have talked to a guy who might be interested in being a business
partner as I m not sure I can do everything on my own or that I want
to. I would like some help with content/graphics/advertising and so on.
What I had wondered is how can I try to prevent someone whom I might
work with from stealing my code ? I’m not sure there is a good solution
that won’t cost allot of money.

On 8/14/06, surf [email protected] wrote:

Aren’t you going to run it on your own servers?

On 8/15/06, surf [email protected] wrote:

I have been working on some code for a dateing service in Ruby/Rails.
I have talked to a guy who might be interested in being a business
partner as I m not sure I can do everything on my own or that I want
to. I would like some help with content/graphics/advertising and so on.
What I had wondered is how can I try to prevent someone whom I might
work with from stealing my code ? I’m not sure there is a good solution
that won’t cost allot of money.

Have them sign a non-disclosure agreement. That’s the easiest, most
reliable, and most effective route. Anything else is pissing in the
wind. Binary code is no defense against reverse engineering, and it
certainly isn’t a defense against unauthorized copying. Don’t go
looking for technological solutions to what is essentially a legal
problem. Hire a good lawyer.

Francis C. wrote:

Aren’t you going to run it on your own servers?

I’d like to, but I have to see how many people will go on the site and
if it can generate revenue. The first so many people will get on free.
I have been writing code, but still have a ways to go and I think I
need to study up on some ajax stuff as well. I’d had the idea at some
point I could try to get investors, but this is all new to me.

On 8/18/06, surf [email protected] wrote:

I’d like to, but I have to see how many people will go on the site and
if it can generate revenue.

This isn’t a site to get business advice, but a potential investor
will ask you three questions, and all of them have one-clause answers:

  1. What are you selling? 2) Why would anyone care about it? 3) What
    makes you different from the twenty other people who have pitched me
    the same idea?

On Mon, Aug 14, 2006 at 06:33:01PM -0700, surf wrote:

I have been working on some code for a dateing service in Ruby/Rails.
I have talked to a guy who might be interested in being a business
partner as I m not sure I can do everything on my own or that I want
to. I would like some help with content/graphics/advertising and so on.
What I had wondered is how can I try to prevent someone whom I might
work with from stealing my code ? I’m not sure there is a good solution
that won’t cost allot of money.

well - most efficient way is to GPL your code.
this solution should be mentioned.
:slight_smile:

greetings
rene

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