Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Cookyrights



posted by McAuliflower from Brownie Points.

by way of boing boing (oh great oracle that it is!)...

what would your reaction be if you received a letter after a dinner party or blog post that states this:

...Law-abiding visitors of your appartement informed us that you violated
in particular the recipes "zucchini flower I+II" of chef Heinz Beck, whose family is thus deprived their sustenance by your piracy. You furthermore violated the moral rights of chef Heinz Beck by not using any cardamom, which is a small but important trace substance in these dishes.


Unfortunately this is not a parody! Further commentary on this letter at at Fellowship of fsfe.

letter in whole:
Dear consumer,

it has been brought to the attention of the Guild of Guide Michelin approved restaurants (GOGMA) that you have violated the cookyright of its star chefs, as defined under directive 2008/29/EC.

Law-abiding visitors of your appartement informed us that you violated in particular the recipes "zucchini flower I+II" of chef Heinz Beck, whose family is thus deprived their sustenance by your piracy. You furthermore violated the moral rights of chef Heinz Beck by not using any cardamom, which is a small but important trace substance in these dishes.

As you know from the legal information provided to you when dining at our restaurants, which you signed together with your pre-dining bill, you are in particular NOT AUTHORISED to ANALYSE, IMITATE, COOK FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS, LEARN FROM or be INSPIRED BY recipes provided to you by THE RESTAURANT.

This act constitutes copyright infringement of the most serious kind.

According to Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament, GOGMA orders you to destroy your circumvention device, colloquially known as kitchen, and will further take legal action against those who supplied you with said circumvention device.

Violation of cookyright deprives thousands of restaurant owners of their living, and harms the food industry, one of the largest employers worldwide.

GOGMA therefore finds itself forced to set you a one week deadline to comply with this order, effective immediately.

S. Hark
GAGOGMA
(General Attorney of Guild of Guide Michelin approved restaurants)




7 comments:

drbiggles said...

AHGHAHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAH, that's funny, in a pathetic way.

I would prepare a nice letter, apologize for any inconvience, include an English dictionary and maybe a few high school course books on how to write good. Send it off and see what happens.

Or you have a highly cheeky friend.

Biggles

MM said...

Is it April 1st already? Cookyright ... LOL.

FJK said...

The letter itself is a bit of a gag (in the fellowship post it is prefaced by a lead in about getting such a letter in 2025), but the issues of recipe copyrighting are real since the chef involved is asking for such protection to be made into law.

McAuliflower said...

ooo yeah, it is a parody of sorts.
But real.

damn, I hate that combo.

Lex Culinaria said...

That's absolutely ridiculous. I don't think there's seriously much to worry about, at least in common law countries. The whole idea od "copyrighting" recipes in the way that the article suggests is highly problematic. What the chef is really asking for is something akin to a patent - Which, if he wants to patent his process great- that'll be a $10,000 fee and two year wait for the patent please. There is a guy who patented a method for making a cheese sandwich. Which is very funny considering recent discussions at FBS.

I think it's a bunch of bulls**t

Ruth said...

All I can say is - I am shaking my head.

Don't they have real things to be concerned about - like making diners feel welcome and using word of mouth (or blog) as a way to attract - or in this case, boycott business?

Anyway, I shake my head at them.

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