Chefs Beware: Copyright Laws Apply to Recipes

Food & Recipes
"A recipe infringes on another's copyright if and only if it copies some of the creative content of the recipe," an expert says. This can pose a problem for recipes published in cookbooks or newspapers.
I must confess. I stole something from a very nice Quaker fellow. ...
... My oatmeal cookie recipe is the one my mother used and her mother used. And it was taken from the paper canister of Quaker oatmeal.
Baking those cookies isn't the problem - publishing the Quaker Oatmeal Cookie recipe in this newspaper or a cookbook and claiming it as my own is where you can stir up trouble. ...

Full Story: Be careful, cooks. Copyright law applies to recipes too; Heather McPherson | Sentinel Food Editor

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