Photo: Sylvia/Gourmande in the Kitchen; Photographer: Russell van Kraayenburg
If you are an avid food blog reader, you might have noticed bloggers will link back to other recipes before theirs as a reference to a dish they are slightly adapting, re-sharing, or providing them with inspiration. Those folks are respecting copyright laws.
Do you know the protocol for re-publishing a recipe from a chef or blogger you can’t reach for permission?
At Cookbook Create we are constantly sharing other people’s delicious creations. As a digital platform to share recipes and create cookbooks that combine of all your favorite recipes, it’s important to know the basics of recipes and copyright laws. So let’s dive in.
What is a Copyright?
Great question to start with! Dictionary.com defines copyright as, “the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.”
Ok, but what about a recipe? Can than be protected by a copyright?
Just on topic! According to Copyright.gov– the short answer is no. Copyright laws don’t protect lists of ingredients, like ones found in a formula, BUT they do protect literary expression, which one might find within a cookbook.
So, I can just copy a recipe?
Not exactly. The list of ingredients are not protected but anything as an original expression such as an introduction written about the recipe or artistic and original photographs are protected by copyright. Of course with many recipes, there will be similarities of ingredients and instructions, but out of respect for the creator, always credit the original you found.
Plagiarism of a recipe is not illegal, but rather it is unethical, and we should appreciate all those creative foodie minds!
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