Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Published recipes

I've been torn over the ethics/legality of including published (as in a cookbook) recipes in my blog. If I can find a link to the particular recipe, I will always use that instead of the text of someone else's recipe. Nonetheless, I find it difficult not to include a truly successful recipe when posting and have rationalized putting the recipe out there as a kind of free publicity for the author--although I haven't actually done it yet. Am I being ethically too finicky or right on target? I'm new at blogging and would love to hear from those of you with more experience.

7 comments:

JoAnna said...

we talked about this a while back... search the archives for the discussion :-)

Amy Sherman said...

Ethically the best thing would be to contact the publisher and ask for permission. But attributing the recipe is probably the next best thing. If the recipe is in a cookbook that is on Amazon sometimes you can you that "search inside this book" feature to find the recipe too.

Personally I've had several of my recipes reprinted without my permission by newspaper, as long as it's attributed to me I don't mind.

Sam said...

when i am not on 6-day weeks (july?) i will try and find time to set up the archives on this site so they make more sense.
In the meantime I will put a google button on here soon.

Brandon said...

I scrolled throught the archives before I posted my question and didn't see the post. Sorry! Of course, it's perfectly obvious now when I look . . .

shuna fish lydon said...

You know no one owns a recipe. they may say they do but few go to court over it. I say that if you pulled it straight from a book the best thing is to both credit the book and the author.

Sometimes it's a quirky feeling having your work "stolen." One day my mom called me from a doctor's office to tell me one of my current tarts at Citizen Cake was in Martha Stewart magazine. In the end I let it go, knowing that it may only boost the sales of that dessert.

I figure that if I wanted to keep all my tasties to myself I wouldn't be blogging and teaching...

debbie said...

I'm not a legal authority on this stuff, but I did work in marketing at book publishers for many years (including cookbook publishers)... We never would've asked someone to take down a recipe that was posted with an endorsement! If you credit the creator of the recipe, any smart publisher is going to realize it's actually a good thing for their product to have the extra little hit of publicity. A single recipe (or two, or three) out of an entire cookbook is not substantial enough to make a consumer think they don't need the book--and in fact it's likely to do the opposite. Meaning, if it's a good recipe and one you're enthusiastic about, it's likely to sell the cookbook it came from. If you provide a link to Amazon or some other bookseller, so much the better.

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