[Sca-cooks] [Sca-librarians] copyright on recipe

Solveig Throndardottir nostrand at acm.org
Tue Sep 9 07:22:03 PDT 2008

Noble Cousins!

Greetings from Solveig! According to the copyright manuals that I  
have, recipes can not be copyrighted. Assuming that this is accurate,  
the only claim that the copyright owner of the book you are using  
might be able to assert is over any photographic reproduction of an  
aold cookbook which they used or possibly the typography of their  
book assuming that the have reset the type. According to several  
books on copyright, the only time that photographic reproduction of  
two dimensional media was litigated, the assertion of copyright  
ownership over the copied images was refuted. However, the case was  
tried somewhere in New York, and was not appealed to a higher court.  
Consequently, the case-law has not yet been determined for the entire  
country. Most scholarly societies, and if I recall correctly, the  
University of Chicago Press are opposed to granting copyright  
protection to copies made of works such old books, paintings, &c.

Your Humble Servant
Solveig Throndardottir
Amateur Scholar

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