Starting a website question?

I want to start a social-network-like website, and i need ot start it soon. With functionality similar to digg.com's, but way less features, what would the cost be to have a developer write it in PHP and MySQL? Also, what should i do to protect my idea and intellectual property? Would i need to have the... show more I want to start a social-network-like website, and i need ot start it soon. With functionality similar to digg.com's, but way less features, what would the cost be to have a developer write it in PHP and MySQL? Also, what should i do to protect my idea and intellectual property? Would i need to have the developer sign an agreement to not replicate/sell the code i hired him/her to produce? Or would the copyright instantly belong to me since i hired him/her? Also, please feel free to give any books/literature/website suggestions that you may have.
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