Can you use betty crocker products in a bake sale and violate their copyright-I

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (5 posts)
  1. mikicagle profile image90
    mikicagleposted 8 years ago

    Can you use betty crocker products in a bake sale and violate their copyright-I know this is a...

    stupid question, I think you aren't violating any copyright unless you say something like "made by betty crocker".  What are your thoughts?

  2. ptosis profile image72
    ptosisposted 8 years ago

    I don't see how it could be a violation on any copyright law - since it is Betty Crocker mix and you baked it.

  3. Lalulinho profile image85
    Lalulinhoposted 8 years ago

    The short answer is:  I wouldn't worry about it--bake away and sell away, you'll be fine.  Here's why.

    Baked goods and, usually, recipes for baked goods are not protected by copyright law. Copyright only applies to original, creative "literary" works that have been recorded in some medium (TV, radio, online content, newspapers, etc.).  So copyright law protects novels, magazine articles, movies, computer code, and Hubs!  But not physical objects (say cupcakes) or even mostly recipes.  What's the difference between, say, one of your Hubs (which is protected) and a recipe (which generally isn't)?  It's kind of complicated and boring.  (But see more here if it helps, http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html - there is question about recipes there).

    Even if you say "Made by Betty Crocker" or even if you lie and pretend that it was your family's 500-year-old recipe from Sicily,  it won't change the underlying fact that the recipe (or cupcake, say) just is not a proper subject for copyright protection.

    Now, there are other laws that cover certain kinds of physical objects, such as patent law and trade secret law.  There is also the law of trademarks, which protects brand names against copying or misuse.  But, also for complicated reasons that I could get into if you want but would suggest not getting into because they aren't too interesting, none of these apply to your situation, I am pretty sure. 

    I also suspect that Betty Crocker would love nothing more that for you to provide them free advertising at a bake sale!

    (If it makes you feel better, I am not pulling this out of thin air.  I'm a lawyer.  I don't specialize in this stuff, and of course this does not constitute legal advice, blah blah blah, and if you want real legal advice you should consult a lawyer, blah blah blah, but in the end, I would eat an entire box of Betty Crocker cake mix without any water if I was wrong about this). 

    Hope that helps, and good luck on the bake sale!

  4. mikicagle profile image90
    mikicagleposted 8 years ago

    thanks for your answers-this is for a friend of mine.  I honestly didn't know how to answer this question for her.

  5. wvierra profile image59
    wvierraposted 8 years ago

    I was going to pop in here and answer this but after reading Lalulinho answer it was almost like he/she read my mind.

    so yes Lalulinho  has sound, solid advise bake away and hope you do really well with the sell off.

Closed to reply
 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)