[Sca-cooks] Dessert plagiarism

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Fri Feb 17 10:47:50 PST 2012

I think the main problem is taking the recipe wholesale. 
Recipes in and of themselves are NOT copyrightable and you are not plagiarizing them if you make them your own. 
The recipe in the format and exact wording IS copyrightable. 
You can't copyright bread. You can copyright your specific methods of making bread. 
However if it is take water, flour, yeast, knead, let rise, form into loaves, let rise again, then bake - you can copyright it but it probably wouldn't stand up to a legal challenge. 
Unique and specific. 

I am not clear on the details of this case but if she lifted them verbatim she is just stupid! 


On Feb 17, 2012, at 10:37 AM, Susan Lin wrote:

> Here's another article about this:
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102027/TV-chef-Anne-Thornton-fired-Food-Network-plagiarising-recipes-Martha-Stewart.html
> I think it's getting harder and harder to come up with a new original idea
> or recipe but that doesn't give anyone the right to steal someone else's.
> Shoshanah
> On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 6:01 AM, Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com> wrote:
>> The news broke yesterday that the Food Network axed Anne Thornton and her
>> show Dessert First for
>> recipe plagiarism. "The New York Post, citing unnamed sources, writes that
>> Thornton's plagiarism had three targets: Ina Garten, Martha Stewart and
>> 2006 cookbook "The Essence of Chocolate.""
>> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/**2012/02/16/anne-thornton_n_**
>> 1281997.html?ref=food<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/anne-thornton_n_1281997.html?ref=food>
>> I thought that the news reports were interesting as they described the
>> matter
>> as "frosting fraud," "pastry plagiarism," "more heat in the kitchen than
>> usual," etc.
>> Johnnae
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