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Old 11-20-2006, 03:08 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 11-20-2006, 06:14 PM   #22
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The more the word "attribution" is used the more confusing it gets. If you CHANGE a recipe but wish to say WHO or WHERE you got the original recipe from that is at least ethical and the proper thing to do. If you post the original recipe stating WHO or WHERE you got it from that is ADMITTING to a copyright violation.
To throw another twist into the mix, what if the creator of a recipe is dead? How do you get permission (or not) to pass along a recipe? I have no idea who someones' relatives might be. Don't even know if they were in the will or are legally entitled to royalties. The plot thickens...
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:11 PM   #23
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We could play "what if..." all day -

I would assume the publisher would hold the copyright on it then.

Let's not confuse this anymore than necessary! lol

The facts are stated above, we have our policies. We will be ahead of the game when the time comes.
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Old 11-20-2006, 07:12 PM   #24
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To throw another twist into the mix, what if the creator of a recipe is dead? How do you get permission (or not) to pass along a recipe? I have no idea who someones' relatives might be. Don't even know if they were in the will or are legally entitled to royalties. The plot thickens...
And that is just the point FraidKnot. That is why the staff here at DC have put countless hours into coming up with a copyright policy that will protect the site and it's users. Follow our policy and you will not go wrong.
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:19 PM   #25
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Then just one more clarification. Newspapers don't count, right? You can copy from them directly?
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:23 PM   #26
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I know what you are getting at - and technically it should be pulled. So do you want to change it up with your wording?
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:07 PM   #27
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Wow! You guys do alot of work! Thank you so much! My head is swirling - I just plain don't get it - so let me ask a question in my layman terms - If I find a recipe in a magazine, cookbook or newspaper (which have good recipes, I might add) and I make it and want to share it - can I post it (as written-and it may or may not contain a variation from me) and say I got this recipe from Beacon News - is that okay? Or do I have to reword it and drop the "Beacon News" part. I would feel awful if I got DC in any kind of trouble!
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:11 PM   #28
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You would need to re-word it MM. Once you re-word it then it would be fine to post (as long as it is substantially re-worded) and you would even be able to say it came from the Beacon News.
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Thanks GB - I will keep that in mind for all future posts. One more question though, how do you reword the ingredients - or does that not matter?
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Ingredients don't matter. ONLY the method in which the recipe is cooked.
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