Originally Posted by BigDog
Is it really that much more complicated? Wow. I still struggle to understand the basics, let alone what may lie beneath the surface of copyright law.
Yep it really is that complicated. That is why they have lawyers who specialize in this exact thing. There really is a lot to it. thankfully some things are very cut and dry. For instance, if you post a link to a recipe then you have not broken any laws. There is no gray area there.
The tricky part is when it comes to re-wording a recipe so that it does not break any laws. The only way to know if you have reworded it enough it to get sued and go before a judge and jury. Once they give you the verdict then you will know if you re-worded it enough. Before that, you won't know.