GRK - An on-line cookbook would only be a duplication of what we already have - forums which are divided into categories where members can post their
recipes or links
to copyrighted recipes on other sites. Nothing could be posted in an on-line cookbook that didn't also qualify as legal for posting in a forum.
The copyright laws do allow you to quote insignificant portions of a larger text and giving proper citations to the source when you use those excerpts in a paper or on a website are to prevent claims of plagiarism. However, the thing about a recipe taken from a website, magazine or cookbook, even if the source has as many as a 1,000 recipes, is that it is not an incidental quote. A recipe constitutes a complete
work on its own. Therefore, posting a recipe even with citation to the original source does not constitute "fair use" - it constitutes a copyright violation.
If you have any
questions about the DC copyright policy - you should read the Copyright Policy - PLEASE READ
thread posted by GB in our Community Announcements Forum
. This is also a part of the Community Policies
(found in the same forum) that you agreed to abide by when you joined DC (remember that stuff in a window that you didn't read and just clicked the "I Accept" button without reading when you were signing up to be a DC member?)
I think we all have a collection of recipes from "unknown" sources that we got from our Grandma's old recipe cards or that friends have given us over the years. If you have one of those you want to post - you wouldn't have a site to credit, would you?