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Presenting my game to educators, how do I protect it?

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In less than 2 weeks, I will be presenting my game and its concepts to a group of my peers: teachers, student teachers, professors, and various people in the education field. I want to share some paper copies of my game with other educators to get exposure. My kids love playing this game in class and now I want to know if older people like my idea so I can get credit (and exposure) for what I have done. My friend, who is a teacher, is afraid that someone will use my ideas as their own and try to market their own gamebased on my concepts.

1. What do I need to do to make sure that my game is properly protected to keep people from stealing my game concept?

2. If someone uses my game, I want other people to know who to give credit for its design?

Dralius
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Presenting my game to educators, how do I protect it?

If you are really concerned and think that some one might steal your design which is something I have never hear of happening. You should get a NDA for every one to sign and copy right the game.

If you search these forums you will find that this has been discussed over and over and no one here has claimed to be an intellectual property expert but it is generally accepted that no game is worth stealing.

Good luck and I hope you don’t work with the sort of people who would steal from you.

Stainer
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Presenting my game to educators, how do I protect it?

Get everybody to sign a non-disclosure contract saying they won't steal your game. If they build a game that resembles it, you simply wave the contract in their face and take them to the 'cleaners'.

Rob

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Me again,

I do this all the time. I simple write up a contract saying if I show them this 'invention' then they won't run away and make it themself - and steal it.

It's very simple.

Rob

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Presenting my game to educators, how do I protect it?

Let me rephrase my question, what do I need to do to protect it? I don't think they will steal the "game concept". I want to share with them but I want credit for given them my concept. How do I protect my concept and yet share it? Do I need to place a copyright on the print-outs, hand-outs, or all the components of the game?

Dralius
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if your thinking of letting people use it but still want the rights there is copylefting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyleft

jord
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take a look at http://creativecommons.org/
I think it might cover what you're looking for.

jord

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Presenting my game to educators, how do I protect it?

Jord, you are the reason that this forum is great. Your weblink provided me some information that every educator that I know will soon see. In the field of education, we are encouraged to share our ideas with others to improve the education of everyone. Yet times, we educators fail to give credit where credit is due becaue we copy everything and use it to educate others. This weblink is may just what I am looking for. Thank you!

Anonymous
Presenting my game to educators, how do I protect it?

I decided to just share the rules and only show the game concept. Do you think that is enough?

Anonymous
Presenting my game to educators, how do I protect it?

I presented my two games to 30 of my educational peers, without them actually playing the game. When I presented, I kept their attention from beginning to end for 1 whole hour. In fact, I ran out of time and they did not want to leave for lunch. Several people wanted to talk to me after the presentation. They loved my two games and requested my email in order to ask me for copies of the game. So far, my students and now my peers are excited about the game.

My question now is, what do I need to do next?

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