Who owns your ideas?

Well, as things stand, your employer does!

Some would say, “Since I had the idea, it’s mine; my preciousssss.”  But is that really true?

Maybe we take the last step of the ladder ourselves, but how much of the climb was as a result of our environment now, and our past journey through education, career and experiences. How much of it was down to our partner, or our colleagues at work, or even our mates down the pub?

And how can we be sure that no one else has had the idea before us?

If it’s such a grey area, is it right that anyone pro£its from it?  For that’s what this all boils down to, after all.

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So what about work done? Is that any different? What about the pop stars who did a week’s recording in their teens and are still pro£iting from it in their retirement?  When do those pieces that are so embedded in our culture move into public ownership?

Well, as things stand, in 70 years.

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