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Blogging Cookbook Recipes Question

I'm doing a project for fun where I'm cooking recipes from around the world. So far I have done Afghanistan and have started Albania. My problem is that most of the recipes I've done are from cookbooks. I want to blog about what I've done, etc. Can I post the recipes form the cookbooks I've done? Or is that total copyright violation? How much can I post from the book? Any suggestions, ideas, tips, etc. are much appreciated. I'm cross-posting this to my own journal and to thequestionclub.

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shannon_elaine
Apr. 25th, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
I think you can post it as long as you credit where it's from.
chantalzola
Apr. 26th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Unique recipe wording (i.e. the instructions) is still copyrighted. The method cannot be, but the wording is. Crediting the source does not affect copyright laws.
tisiphone
Apr. 25th, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
Individual recipes generally aren't copyrighted or copyrightable (though this is a bit of a contentious point in US law). What I would do personally would be crediting the recipe and making a note of any changes I made, and not post more than might fall under fair use. (One recipe fine, a chapter no.) IANAL, etc.
chantalzola
Apr. 26th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Recipe methodology cannot be copyrighted, but unique wording is.
anita_margarita
Apr. 25th, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
I have a food blog also and I sometimes quote recipes - I always give credit to the author, book title, and link to it on Amazon or the author's website.

I have read (this could be totally erroneous) that it is the instructions part of the recipe that are copyrighted.
after_the_ashes
Apr. 25th, 2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
It's true that ingredients can't be copyrighted, so when it is, it's the instructions that are copyrighted. However, if you're siting your sources, especially by linking, you should be covered. I don't know how Cooks Illustrated get around that...
tisiphone
Apr. 25th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
I don't think instructions can really be copyrighted either (at least in the US); they're basically a listing of facts, which are notably not copyrightable. Again, there's some disagreement on this, and IANAL. I suspect Cook's Illustrated gets around it by being bigger than you, not by having an actual legal right to force removal.
spaceprostitute
Apr. 26th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Instructions can be copyrighted.

Here is a good post by David Lebovitz on the subject. He also includes a link to the US Copyright Office text, that states, "Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook."

http://foodblogalliance.com/a/recipe-attribution/
chantalzola
Apr. 26th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Oooh, interesting. Thank you so much!
chantalzola
Apr. 26th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
chantalzola
Apr. 26th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
after_the_ashes
Apr. 25th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
As long as you site your source, you're good. Although, Cooks Illustrated is very uptight about it and will go after you if you post about their recipes...
chantalzola
Apr. 26th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
I wonder why they're specifically so aggressive about it? and thank you!
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
Because it affects their livelihood.
chantalzola
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
I meant why they're specifically so aggressive about it and not, let say, Bon Appetit, unless they are too?
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
I think many companies are protective. Some companies do have a larger online business (for instance, I think CI and ATK have a by-subscription recipe reservoir online?) and so copying and pasting their recipes publicly on the internet hurts that aspect of their business specifically.
chantalzola
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhh OK, that makes sense, thank you.

What do you suggest I do? I'm not doing this for money or anything like that. I'd be posting it to my friends only LJ and to a public Word Press blog I do that has very few followers. I'm hoping it's OK to post some recipes from the books, but I definitely don't want to if it's not.
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
Inside the book should be the publisher -- you can just find contact info and ask. As I mentioned, usually they're happy to have someone post a recipe or two in return for a mention of the book. You can also adapt the recipe wording and post it in your own words, still linking to the book to give credit. As I said, I usually think it's nice to ask. I had a sweet experience doing so, wherein the Brass sisters sent me an autographed copy of one of their books after I contacted the publisher to ask to post a recipe.
chantalzola
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oops, I didn't see you had already commented. Thank you, I'll definitely do that! I already contacted one of the books publishers, it's put out by a church and that's how I got it, so I have their email, etc. I'll look for the other one. That's really sweet about the Brass sisters! Do you have a cooking blog?
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, I write Willow Bird Baking. Good luck -- hope they get back to you soon.
chantalzola
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oooh, could I have a link? I may already follow your blog actually, that sounds familiar.

Thank you!
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
chantalzola
Apr. 28th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
Subscribed via email <3
layers_of_eli
Apr. 28th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks :)
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Also, for as many recipes as you can, finding them on other blogs might be a good idea. Bloggers are easy to contact quickly :)
chantalzola
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
I didn't think of that, good idea, thank you! Though for Albania, there seems to not be that much available online, which surprises me.
layers_of_eli
Apr. 27th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
Recipe wording is copyrighted and may not be posted without being a violation.

The good news is that most publishers are happy to grant permission to publish a few recipes to publicize the book :) Also, you CAN technically just adapt the wording (put it in your own words) and post it, giving credit, and that is not a violation since the recipe method cannot be copyrighted. But I tend to think it's nice to ask.
chantalzola
Apr. 27th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely do this, thank you so much!
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