Recipe writers, I need help - Let's talk about copyright issues
When you post a recipe to HubPages, is it always 100 percent your original recipe, or that of a family member of friend from whom you have permission? I know little about copyright pertaining to recipes, but I presume if it's in a cookbook, it's illegal to post it here as your own and perhaps even with credit to the original author. I was just making a dish that I planned on posting and realized I had originally learned it from a cookbook - sure enough, when I pulled out the book, there it was. What say you recipe experts?
Most of my recipes are my own. With recipes the copyright thing is a little different. Here's an article you may find helpful.
Vespawoolf wrote an excellent hub about recipe copyright issues. For anyone writing recipes online it's a must. http://vespawoolf.hubpages.com/hub/Recipe-Attribution
Most family recipes originated somewhere, usually a cookbook.
I once read that if you change two things the recipe is now yours so if you find one that is identical see what two things you can change about it so it is unique.
I don't know for sure, I think I should research it some more, but I think that as long as you site your reference (cookbook) that it came from it should be fine. I usually come up with my own, sometimes I change a few things in family recipes to make it my own. This is a great question, thanks for asking it!
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