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

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Tue Sep 9 10:06:32 PDT 2008

And this is a discussion from SCA Librarians and was never on SCA Cooks
which is why it makes no sense on this list.


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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