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The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas – The Irish Examiner 13/03/2009

This certainly seems to be the logic behind The Ideas Campaign, a new website aiming to stimulate the economy with proposals from the public.

But be warned – if you really do have a brilliant brainwave, you might want to read the small print.

Because according to the terms and conditions of the campaign, set up by Aileen O’Toole, Sunday Business Post co-founder and managing director of an internet consultancy, you must “part company with your submitted idea without any compensation to you”.

“So, you have a good idea. The people behind the ideas campaign thing it’s a good idea and now it belongs to them”, says ValueIreland.com, a consumer watchdog website.

“My main concern is that they are not publishing the ideas or making them available for people to see”.

The former director with the Consumers Association of Ireland has posted the terms and conditions on his website pointing to the relevant section.

They state: “In submitting an idea you also agree to its publication in any form by The Ideas Campaign. By submitting the idea you are thereby granting The Ideas Campaign the perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right to use, reproduce, copy, modify, edit, translate, publish, display, post, transmit, distribute or part company with your submitted idea without any compensation to you, anonymously or in the aggregate, for internal or external purposes, alone or as part of other works in any form, media or technology”.

ValueIreland expressed his disappointment and scepticism with the scheme, says there are many other ways to develop an idea.

“Go to your local enterprise board and talk to them about it.”

Jennifer Hough

Click here to read more about what happened on the Friday that this article was pulled from the Irish Examiner website.

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