Pitch fees: don’t bank on them
Advertising agencies have long asked prospective clients to pay pitch fees, to compensate them for the time and effort that goes into creating pitches - even if they end up unsuccessful. Singapore's Central Provident Fund is now offering such fees. In general, we don't advocate pitch fees because it could reduce your claim to compensation if you lose a pitch, but your ideas are used anyway.
Standing Rock a sitting duck for intellectual property thieves
T-shirt designs to support native Americans in the Dakota Access Pipeline dispute are themselves subject of dispute, with lots of rip offs jumping onto the bandwagon.
Google-Uber stoush shows the importance of being in the driver’s seat of your ideas
There are lessons for anyone with an idea in Google's suit against Uber over self-driving technology.
Stitched up: The fashion industry's culture of appropriation
The fashion industry is particularly rife with idea theft. Better PitchMark your designs before you pitch them to a fashion design house.
Seven ways to protect your ideas. Or is it eight?
How to protect your brilliant idea from being stolen? Technology writer Mehul Rajput has given the issue some thought, specifically as it relates to smart phone apps. He sees these as the latest virtual "picks and shovels" for Creators to mine the treasured seams of internet gold and quickly turn a dream into a fortune. But he has this warning.
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Borrowed jokes: Idea theft is no laughing matter
Comedian Conan O'Brien is defending himself against claims by another comedian that he stole his jokes.
How to avoid a bun fight over your original ideas
What the controversy over Donald Trump's inauguration cake tells us about idea theft.
Do idea theft prevention measures you read about online really work?
You can find many articles online giving good advice on how to prevent idea theft. But how effective are they really?
Is it idea theft when you give someone an idea without expecting compensation?
A Florida-based advertising agency creates a mock campaign for the Libertarian candidate in the US presidential election, and promptly saw Gary Johnson's campaign use it ...without compensation.
Warner Brothers to face the music of "Kong: Skull Island" idea theft claim
A suit against Warner Bros has taken another step forward, with a Los Angeles Court reportedly rejecting the studio's bid to evade a claim by artist Joe DeVito.
SMU pay-to-pitch scandal adds to ad agency woes
In what is fast becoming the "pay-to-pitch" scandal, Singapore Management University has asked advertising agencies wanting to win their creative, digital and media business to pay S$100 just to take part in the tender. But paying for tenders is just one of several issues agencies face in their day-to-day work. Having their ideas stolen is another.