Saturday, September 18, 2010

Recipes & Copyright Protection

As a librarian, I try to be aware of copyright laws and what students can legally photocopy.

I have wrongly assumed that recipes were protected under copyright, but according to U.S. copyright law,

Mere listings of ingredients as in recipes, formulas, compounds, or prescriptions are not subject to copyright protection. However, when a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection.

How often is there substantial literacy expression in a cookbook or recipe that you access electronically? Rarely. Do you know what this means?

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