[Sca-cooks] When is it Plagiarism and When is it a Redaction?

edoard at medievalcookery.com edoard at medievalcookery.com
Mon Feb 8 06:51:44 PST 2010

> -------- Original Message --------
> From: Elise Fleming <alysk at ix.netcom.com>
> Greetings!  I think I know the answer, but I thought I would see what 
> you all had to say.  I have been reading someone's work where the person 
> says that the item is their "redaction" from someone else's recipe.  The 
> differences between the original and the "redaction" are (to me) 
> exceedingly minor.  What would you say?

I've grown to loath the word "redaction", mostly because of it being
used in this manner.  In this particular case I think "variation" would
be the best choice of words, with "interpretation" as a distant second

As for whether it's plagiarism, I'd say no.  With recipes, you can get a
lot closer legally than you should ethically - and the differences along
with the fact that the original is cited puts it just on the Ok side of

- Doc

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