I am somewhat intermediat when it comes to java programming, but as im learning java i am also slowly programming a game. While im very far from completing it i do intend on perhaps releasing it as a game that can be purchased (through steam or through my own website).
Now my real quesion:
when i get my game into a semi playable state, i would like to release it to the public for free so that it can be alpha/beta tested; essentially the "Minecraft" approach if you will. However, how can i be assured that my code/ideas are safe from people would want to capitalize on it?
Do i need to go through legal channels or is a disclaimer enough? Does anyone have any experience in this? if i do need to get legal protection who would i contact and how much does it generally cost for indie devs (im in California, Los Angeles if you want to give me a specific agency )
My question is more out of curiousity at the moment rather than urgency, as i just want to get a general idea of what to expect.
BTW: i just recently joined this website to get help on some projects, and this has to be the MOST helpful community i have every seenl i get a reply in about 5min! I really like how you guys dont just give me the answer and instead guide me through the right path; in just these last few days i have learned A LOT! I really want to thank you guys and of course the guy who made this website