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Starting a social network, what kind of legal action must I take?

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July 19, 2019 / By Floella
Question: I am interested in starting a social network. It vaguely resembles that of Myspace and Facebook. However, there is a social network that it resembles a great deal, right down to the very niche that I am targeting. With that, my questions are as follows: What kind of legal action must I take to protect myself and this idea before I begin? Did the creators of Facebook and Myspace file for any kind of patent or copyright? Secondly, am I infringing on someone elses idea? Or is it "may the best man win?" As I said, the social network that I want to create resembles one that is already in existance. It does not seem to be doing too well and I think that I could trump it. Much like Myspace and Facebook are very similar, mine would be similar to another, smaller network that I have discovered; is this ok? Thanks for your knowledge
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Dakota Dakota | 9 days ago
> What kind of legal action must I take to protect myself and this idea before I begin? None are required. There are many that are advised, but those are related to incorporation and creation of a framework for making money and protecting investors then anything else. Also, asking sure that anyone who has access to the ideas is under proper NDA and ownership of any work is 100% assigned to you if others work on it. > Did the creators of Facebook and Myspace file for any kind of patent or copyright? Copyright exists for the moment each page is created in fixed form - i.e. served up. there is nothing to apply for. Patents? Maybe who knows, I haven't looked. It is my understanding that the fundamental patents in social networking are held by LinkedIn.com or its CEO, who bout them from an earlier pioneer in the space. > Secondly, am I infringing on someone elses idea? Maybe - without the details it is impossible to tell one way or the other. Ideas themselves are not protectable except via trade secret - but if you came up with the idea independently, well too bad for them. > is this ok? May the best man win. that being said, if you want to "win" or "trump" anything or even remotely dream of growing something as buig as Myspace or Facebook (IOW you are in this for the money) then you need to have a business plan that covers strategy, financing, marketing, sales, operation and so forth so you don't do anything that will hinder your growth should your product actually catch on.
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Dakota Originally Answered: What is the best way to build a Social Network with little knowledge?
Why agree with little when you can have abundance? You have little knowledge on HTML, work your way up. Its not hard, millions of people in the world have learned and mastered, sure you can too. Its fun to learn HMTL. Then add JavaScripts. don't copy codes but take time to understand language and write your own. Trust me man, its like babies learning to speak at first its hard, then it comes natural. Then go into PHP. PHP is very powerful scripting Language but it can be real fun to learn. Then go in to MYSQl. Its not hard but there is no easy and quick way. Its like body building. You have to workout but then you will enjoy stamina, energy and power. As far as Social Engineering is concern its way beyond your league at this stage. You can create account login system with one HTML page asking for input. Then write one JavaScript page and link it to HTML (so users can't see source code and see password) . In JavaScript, write If input is equal to "Username" and "Password" go to next page if not "access denied". Its basic but this is how we all learnt and this is how it all got started. Good luck.
Dakota Originally Answered: What is the best way to build a Social Network with little knowledge?
1) HTML isn't programming. 2) It is impossible to make something like a social network if you don't know a programming language such as PHP. 3) PHP isn't that hard. I'm a teenager, I coded a basic social network over about a week. You just need a mysql database, a page to register users and add them to the database, then a page to check to see if a user is valid upon login, and of course more if you're planning to do bigger things like photos, statuses. FYI if you're looking to make money off of this, don't even try.

Blair Blair
There are way too many variables you have not provided. If you want to start this as a business, you should definitely talk to a local lawyer knowledgeable in business organization/planning (for setting up your corporation/LLC/etc.) and internet intellectual property (for any legal ramifications concerning this unknown website; creating your site's terms of use agreement; etc.). It is much smarter to pay this money upfront than to get sued/charged with a crime later because you were acting without any idea of what was legal. Good luck.
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Aimie Aimie
You protect by taking the user names early. The larger the company the more people employed to do this.
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Aimie Originally Answered: I'm starting a network of websites and I need help figuring out the business aspects?
You start with a single LLC as an umbrella for all your different endeavors. Anything else would be overkill. (If you fail, the LLC shelters you from personal liability. If you succeed, you can create additional subdivisions at will, then separate them off into separate companies if you wish). A single business plan and simple structure makes financing easier, whether it's through a bank or private investors. Sole proprietorship offers no advantages over an LLC (except it's simple, just start doing business). It leaves you at personal risk for all business debt, which is a very bad idea. Subchapter S corporations are very difficult to set up. The only advantage they offer is to be taxed as an individual, rather than as a corporation, which can also be done with a properly designed LLC. If your business succeeds beyond all imagination, you can easily change your corporate structure to fit your needs. That's what an IPO is for.

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