There are a lot of questions up here about NDAs but I didn't see anything for more generic forms. Here's my issue:
I'm a software engineer and have written some iOS (iPhone/iPad) software. A friend of a friend has been introduced to me, asking if I will turn her idea into software. I'd be fine discussing the project. However, before getting that far she's asked me to sign and date an email she sent that says that I won't steal her idea, develop it without her, etc. The email is very general and simply states that the idea is for a game.
I almost wouldn't mind signing because I have no intention of stealing an idea. However, the wording is so general that I'm left with a couple questions...
First, if I did sign it, is that type of thing (a very general signed email) actually legally binding?
Second, if it is legally binding how much does its generic nature matter? The email simply states that it's an idea for a game. I've written games for iOS device and will likely write more. So if we talk and I decide I'm not interested in her idea and then go write something completely different, what would stop her from claiming that this other idea was her's?