How can I hire someone to develop a software idea for my personal use while protecting my rights to the idea for future development as a commercial program
May 11, 2010 2:30 PM Subscribe
I have a need for a software program that I do not believe exists. I am not a programmer and am considering hiring someone from elance to code a simple version of it for my personal use with neither bells and whistles nor a pleasing interface design. In the future, I might be interested in paying for this person or someone else to develop a professional version that I could then sell. Is there a means by which I can protect my ownership of this idea so that a programmer I might hire won't take the idea and create a professional version and sell it himself?