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Jon had a great idea for a business – an app to help avoid parking tickets. He paired up with Diane, a computer programmer, to work on the app in the evenings. Jon was so focused on getting it to market, he forgot to draw up a contract for Diane. As launch day approached, Jon discovered a rival app was already established – owned by Diane's sister.

While software is automatically protected by copyright, there was no record of when Jon's code had been created. Nor had he thought to get Diane to agree to any confidentiality terms.

The next time Jon had a bright idea for an app, he set out terms of employment with his programmer, including who owned the underlying code and a confidentiality agreement. And to prove when the code was created, he emailed it to himself to help establish copyright.

Last updated 11 November 2016