CNN Money has a post up on having family and friends sign a formal agreement when loaning money. Now, as someone who has several family members long ago in default, I have to say that wouldn’t work anyway. What are you going to do, wave a contract at Thanksgiving? It just returns to the same stubborn problem.
Anyway, I realized that I hope this never extends to all the ideas I borrow from friends or bloggers: yes, OOP or LS or who knows might say, you can borrow this idea for a bit. But here’s a contract. It stipulates you’ll have to return it safely, not mistreat it, and good lord, don’t argue for an idealism with it.