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How can I protect my idea, in Lebanon?
In order to protect your idea, you can ask your investors to sign a non-disclosure agreement ("NDA") that commits them to confidentiality.

From an intellectual property (IP) perspective, you should know that IP doesn’t protect the mere idea per se but the expression of the idea. In other words, your idea should be tangible:
• Copyright: You need to fix the ideas onto a defined medium for copyright to apply
• Trademark: You should register your trademark for your logo to be protected (you can do it by yourself by accessing: www.economy.gov.lb)
• Patent: You should describe and register your invention or invented process for patent to apply

In practice, always remember that your idea may be stolen but the way you implement it is key and can never be copied.
Can non-profit-making, educational institutions, universities and public libraries, without the authorization of the author, reproduce a limited number of computer programs for the purpose of offering them free of charge to students and university people?
Yes, non-profit-making educational institutions, universities and public libraries may, without the authorization of the author and without obligation to pay him compensation, reproduce a limited number of computer programs for the purpose of lending them free of charge to students and university people, provided that they possess at least one original copy of the work and provided that the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education and the Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education subsequently issue decrees determining the copying mechanism, the categories of computer programs that may be copied and the number of copies allowed. Students may make one copy for their personal use.
What is the liability of partners in a joint liability company?
In a joint liability company:
• Partners are personally liable for the company’s debts. Their liability is unlimited
• Partners are severally liable for the company’s debts and creditors may attempt to claim the whole debt from any of the partners personally
• Partners who settle the company’s debts may recover payment from the company and may also claim from other partners the amount of debt they are responsible for

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