[Sca-cooks] copyright on recipe

Samia al-Kaslaania samia at idlelion.net
Tue Sep 9 07:27:22 PDT 2008

Thank you for posting this. However, I wonder what are the details about 
someone's translation or redaction? That's their work.


Solveig Throndardottir wrote:
> 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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