I got a couple of questions and I`m going to relate these to the YouTube scenario hopefully to garner better understanding. Web videos were available on Google, Yahoo and other search engines prior to the business model of YouTube.
How does one, therefore, go about protecting an idea like YouTube? Considering that there are several technologies they implemented in it`s creation, these technologies were already existent and not entirely new. Would patents suffice in such a scenario? Of course the logo and other graphical presentations can be copywrighted.
If for example the founders of YouTube, did not have the technical know-how to implement their project in it`s initial phase but knew what they wanted to do. How would they go about raising seed money? To then get the technical expertise that would bring the project to it`s fruition? ie they need ten techs to put up the 1st beta YouTube site but have no money to pay the techs.
Several ideas I had on this. Get techs, offer up and divide 10% of the startup business for their technical expertise. Get the beta site running, then use this to demo and get funding from VC`s and the like. I hope this makes sense.
On the other hand, they would not be able to protect via patents, the technologies they are about to develop until they have them underway. Lots of trial and error in the creation. What then would they need to patent initially so as to get started?
I think I can leave this off here and explorer more as I get responses. Would like the legal field and startup entrepreneurs to relay what they have done in similar situations, thank you.