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Old 06-14-2009, 11:00 AM   #1
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When is it OK to post someone else's recipe?

I'd love some clarification on when it's safe/legal to post a recipe. For instance, what if a local restaurant has a signature dish for which they readily share the recipe? Or if they share it in the local newspaper because a reader requested it? Or if a grocery store puts it in an ad so that you'll buy the ingredients from them? Or if it's from a community cookbook like the Junior League?
In instances like these, is it OK for me to post the recipe here on DC??

Any rules or clarifications would be most welcome.

Thanks!

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Old 06-14-2009, 11:14 AM   #2
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Hi Laury, if there is no copyright notice on it then it should be OK to post. The basic information is that if there is a copyright notice anywhere on the recipe or in the book, on the website etc we can't print it here verbatim.

So...newspaper...yes. Recipe from grocery store...yes. Junior league or other community cookbook...check the copyright stuff.

What CAN happen though is you can print the ingredient list (which cannot be copyright) and then put in your own method and describe your changes. (It must be significantly different from the original. Not just doing things like replacing the word "stir" with "mix")

You CANNOT post a copyright recipe and then just give credit.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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i don't post many recipes as YET as CHEFS got upset when i requeseted to, from school!
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Laury, if the recipe is online somewhere you can always post a link.
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:29 PM   #5
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Laury -

I just wanted to point out that it would not hurt to ask them if you could, and let them know that you will be referencing them as the originator/owner of the recipe.

If it's a restaurant, and their recipe is posted on their web site or elsewhere, chances are they'd like the free advertising.

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Old 06-14-2009, 09:48 PM   #6
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Laury -

I just wanted to point out that it would not hurt to ask them if you could, and let them know that you will be referencing them as the originator/owner of the recipe.

If it's a restaurant, and their recipe is posted on their web site or elsewhere, chances are they'd like the free advertising.

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Yes, you must get their written permission to re-post. I have found that some websites will give permission as long as there is a link back to their site. Others are link only!
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:09 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone! That helps a lot. I was mainly referring to recipes I've clipped out of the newspaper over the years and recipes given out by restaurants (some now defunct).
I'll be careful to look for copyright info and rewrite if necessary.
I guess this means I can post a recipe for Dill Pickle soup now. Watch for it in the Soup forum. It's amazingly good and so different!
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:32 AM   #8
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I rarely post a recipe, and when it is strictly my own, well, who am I kidding, I almost never use a recipe as is. But when I do, I always make a point of noting the cookbook I am using as a basis. I don't know if it keeps me safe from law suits or such. I've done the same with beadwork when I was doing that a lot. "This is from XXXXX, when it is exact. So far that has stood me well. Even a "XXXX inspired this recipe."
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:36 AM   #9
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But when I do, I always make a point of noting the cookbook I am using as a basis. I don't know if it keeps me safe from law suits or such.
Well if you post the recipe in your own words then you are safe, but if you post the recipe as it was written in the cookbook (or even somewhat close to the way it was written) then noting the cookbook it came from not only does not keep you safe from lawsuits, but actually does the opposite. It proves that you posted copyrighted material and that can be used in a court of law to show you knew you were posting something that was not yours in violation of copyright law.
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that's why i barely post recipes. too much potential hassle.
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