Radio Station lawsuit?

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    Radio Station lawsuit?

    Hello,
    Thank you in advance for any advice.

    I had introduced and been hosting a brief radio show with a brand new idea and worked hard to build it up for nearly 6 years. Just recently the radio station stole the idea from me, gave it a new name and a new DJ and "let me go" without any just cause or reason. In other words, I had done nothing to cause the dismissal. I had listeners, an audience, and was doing very well. I was well respected in the community, and the idea was growing, and now has blossomed into a cable TV show, which I also host.

    There is not a lot of money involved in either venture, but the idea is mine, and I put 6 years of work into getting it established. I was not an employee of the radio station, but had been coming in and doing the brief programming for free, in exchange for an ad on my website for them, and my logo on their website. I did this in an effort to build the idea up and make it a recognizable community name.

    The radio station decided to take my program, my work, and use their paid employee DJ. Plain and simple.

    It was an idea not being done in my community (or others that I know of) before I began my show.
    I can establish a time frame for when I first began my work, a name, an idenity, a brand, everything.
    Now the DJ is continuing to steal my ideas and show content through the tv program and my promotion work I do.

    I could walk away feeling "dissed" but I think I have legal recourse. I do not know who to contact in my area to discuss this with.
    Any thoughts on this?


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    The best you can do is consult an IP Attorney. You say you were not an employee, right? If you were, could be any ideas or submissions become the property of the company, similar to the "work for hire" doctrine.

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    I was never paid and was never an employee of the station.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    I was never paid and was never an employee of the station.
    Thanks.
    IF you were not an employee, it seems more apt to consult an IP attorney then if you were one, IMO.

    Good luck!

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    Thank you. I looked up an IP lawyer in my area and sent them a similar introductory email. I appreciate your thoughts. Great forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Thank you. I looked up an IP lawyer in my area and sent them a similar introductory email. I appreciate your thoughts. Great forum!
    You are welcome.

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    I personally do not believe you have any recourse (although some may disagree). You had an idea. Ideas are in their nature not patentable. From what I see, there are no rights here that could have been copyrighted or trademarked. I do agree with lawbuff in that you should consult with a local IP attorney.
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    Sally Jesse Raphael should sue the pants off Jerry Springer, according to your ideology. You should have written a better contract.


 

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