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Protecting my App/Game Idea before hiring someone

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Sai Praneeth G Member Since: Dec 11, 2016
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I am new UpWork and just hired 2 freelancers for my mini projects.


Now, I am planning to hire a app/game developer for working on the complete project.


My concern is about protecting my idea. I have researched a little about NDAs and understand that UpWork's Terms of Service covers this in Clause 15.1


However, that is only when I hire someone.


How can I protect my idea when I am interviewing and choosing from multiple applicants.



Can someone please help me. Please share your solutions.



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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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NDAs are totally useless if you're not in the same country and your game/app idea is as safe as the one million five hundred forty-eight thousand two hundred fourteen of other games and apps that Upwork's freelance developpers are working on evey year.

"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   —William Ashbless

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Sai, reputable freelancers respect potential and active clients' properties.  Your answer lies in hiring the best most qualified person.  I am well aware that means not hiring cheap.  But then, you wouldn't go to a dentist because he/she was the cheap. You go because he/she is qualified.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Respectfully, your app/game idea has no actual value until it is implemented.


So don't worry about it.

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Sai Praneeth G Member Since: Dec 11, 2016
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Thank you for your reply and bringing up such an important point.


I am from India and would hire freelancer from anywhere in the world.


In such case, could you please suggest which NDA I can use to protect my idea.


Wow! That's a lot of games and apps being developed in UpWork.

Nevertheless, I just want to take my precautionary measures.


Community Guru
Gerry S Member Since: Nov 23, 2014
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If you are truely converned, put a copy of the existing code in escrow somewhere.


And have anyone who should sign an NDA (short-list applicants and hires). (Please make the NDA tie to an email as "signature")


You have to go through all the motions from a legal standpoint.


You now have evidence that you made everyone aware of your "copyrights", and you can prove any copying by the fact you have "dated" software binaries in escrow.