Re: Copyright and Recipes
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Posted by Stephen L. Anderson on January 08, 2002 at 20:05:03:
In Reply to: Copyright and Recipes posted by Joanne Schum on January 08, 2002 at 06:47:41:
COPYRIGHTS: RECIPES AND FORMULAS
1) Copyright is a form of protection provided to authors of "original works of authorship", including literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, graphic artsand other creations.
Copyright protects the author's original creative expression as contained in the work but DOES NOT usually extend to any idea, procedure, process, method, system, discovery, name, title or slogan.
Therefore, while COPYRIGHT PROTECTION may be available for the unique expressive aspects of your recipe: (e.g., "a pinch of sugar, a dash of salt, smoke a cigar and drink and a malt" ) it may not be sufficient to protect the actual recipe or formula: (e.g., 1/2 tsp: sugar, 1/4 tsp: salt).
Even simple recipes (like a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich) can be protected (to some limited extent) as a compilation of recipes which appear in a cookbook. Together, the choice of selecting certain recipes and organizing them in some special fashion, can be protected under copyright.
However the mere recipe for chocolate chip cookies is only protectable to the extnet that it relies on fanciful and expressive language.
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