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Old 05-23-2005, 04:41 PM   #11
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All I can say is that I don't know of a person who cooks who doesn't share recipes, and it doesn't matter whether it came from Grandma or from a cookbook. If somebody says "Hey this is good. Can I get the recipe?", I've never seen them turned down. So I guess that everybody I know should be locked up.
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Old 05-23-2005, 05:06 PM   #12
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Never said that sharing recipes didn't happen or was even a bad thing.

Never said you should be locked up

Just trying to clear up misinformation on what the law is.
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Old 05-23-2005, 10:06 PM   #13
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From where I sit, RPcookin: you are stating what you believe is sensible and practical in the real world. That's evident from some of your qualifying statements such as, "It seems to me..", and "practically speaking...".

Jennyema is stating what the law says. Two very different things.

Jennyema, deja vu all over again! Should have save the postings from the foodtv boards on this subject.
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Old 05-24-2005, 12:11 AM   #14
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Jennyema, deja vu all over again! Should have save the postings from the foodtv boards on this subject.

True. That was a good thread.
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Old 05-24-2005, 04:15 PM   #15
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If you like it, it's yours to "own." If you post it somewhere, might want to give the credit as such.
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Old 05-24-2005, 04:31 PM   #16
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Just to again clarify ...


If you post a copyrighted recipe without permission, you are technically violating copyright law whether you "give credit" for it or not.

Attributing a source absolves you from plagairism but not from copyright infringement. In fact, it's sort of an admission of guilt, as you are highlighting that it is someone else's work.

There seems to be a heck of a lot of misinformation about this out there.

I chime in here only to try to clear up misunderstandings.

As a practical matter, most sharing of recipes is harmless and wouldn't be prosecuted even if it they were copyright violations. But there have been cases where posting of copyrighted recipes caused boards like this to be shut down.
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Old 05-27-2005, 03:11 PM   #17
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I often just give people credit, even if I've changed a recipe quite a bit. "Oh, this is so-and-so's, but I make it a little different." Keeps everyone happy ... assuming, as already said, I'm not planning on making money on it (and I'm not). I'm just concerned with hurt feelings. I do beadwork, and there is the same problem there. You'd be amazed at how easy for a few hundred people to come up with an idea that is the same and all claim it is "theirs". I've seen things in both bead books, cook books, and magazines that I "invented" before, and there's no way they were copying me. Just synchronicity. So I never claim to be the one and only and first. Something inspires all of us.
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Old 05-27-2005, 04:44 PM   #18
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Interesting and informative discussion.

From my perspective, if I morph recipes to create something that is unique, I think I can call it mine. My family calls the Boston Baked Beans I make "Mark's Beans" even though everybody knows I took it from a cookbook years ago and tweeked it just a little. I share recipes whenever anyone asks... with little, make that NO consideration of copyright ramifications.

As jennyema said, the original 'owner' of a recipe would need to demonstrate that it is substantially (enough) similar to their own AND that there were some kind of damages... I think THAT would be the hard part in most cases.
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