Creative Barcode

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Creative Barcode was a nonprofit organization that allows members to share new ideas without the risk of unauthorized copying. It was founded in 2010.[1] Members embed digital codes in creative works to indicate usage permissions. Private disclosure is made to other members who agree not to publicly disclose the idea or use the idea without permission of the original creator. Members agree to dispute resolution through the World Intellectual Property Organization.[2]

In June 2011, Creative Barcode licensed its idea registration process to AHHHA USA, a social ideation[clarification needed] platform, and Brunel University.[3][4]

Inventor advocate Simon Brown, founder of the UK based United Innovation Association, has recommended that Creative Barcode be considered for protecting new ideas posted on crowdfunding sites.[5]

Creative Barcode charged fees to the creative works producers. Alternative registration and marketing program of creative works were proposed that would have no fees for image producers.[6]

Creative Barcode announced on 14 June 2019 that they would cease operation on 6 July 2019.[7]


  1. ^ Dave Pinter (September 2010). "Creative Barcode: An Application To Protect New Ideas".
  2. ^ Maxine Horn "Ideas Need Industry as Industry Needs Ideas", WIPO magazine, August 2011
  3. ^ ""AHHHA USA signs partnership with Creative Barcode the world's first open-protection system", creative barcode press release, June 15, 2011". Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  4. ^ ""Brunel University back pioneering safe-disclosure and IP management system taking the lead on behalf of the HEI sector" Creative Barcode press release, June 7, 2011". Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  5. ^ Simon Brown, "Follow the Crowd", Intellectual Property Magazine, July 2011
  6. ^ Andrew Orlowski, "'Image eBay could solve IP Issues: Metadata management could replace orphan works", The Register, March 14, 2011
  7. ^ Creative Barcode Closure CEO Announcement, 14 June 2019[permanent dead link]

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