Re: Re: Re: COPYWRITING RECIPES
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on January 14, 2003 at 01:24:29:
In Reply to: Re: Re: COPYWRITING RECIPES posted by Fabio Lins on January 13, 2003 at 18:54:37:
: Does anyone know if these laws are the same in UK? And where can i find info about them?
: Fabio Lins
: : : How do you go about copywriting a recipe? How do I ensure that the idea can not be stolen?
: : 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) both as independent and creative expression (e.g., "lightly toast each side of your favorite whole grain base before gingerly spreading a thin layer of fresh preserves")
: : While you cannot generally reproduce the work of others, IT IS NOT COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT TO "REVERSE-ENGINEER" a recipe or to describe the recipe or process IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
: : You should give a footnote credit to your source where appropriate and you should never quote extensively from, design a derivative work around or utilize any substantial portion of someone else's work without license.
: : For more information about copyrights and copyright protection, visit our site: www.copyrightpros.com
Dear Mr. Lins,
M. Arthur Auslander
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