Friday, June 27, 2014

Copyright Recipes? 86!

one of our favorite recipes:
arepa sandwich from Victory Burger
Dear Rich: Our neighborhood watch committee is going to raise money with a street fair and food and we're also selling a cookbook that we're making on CreateSpace. One of the people contributing three recipes said he wanted the copyright on his recipes to be in his name. What do I do? Including a copyright notice on his recipes -- for example © 2014 Chef Jones -- would be meaningless because copyright doesn't protect recipes (and here's your proof). However, the complete collection of recipes (and additional text and photos) may be protected as a compilation copyright. And recipes that have not been publicly disclosed can be protected under trade secret law, assuming that they can't be easily reverse engineered.