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Do we own the legal rights to our recipes posted on 52?

I'm sure the aswer is somewhere on the site but I couldn't find it. Do we still own the rights to our recipes after they are entered onto 52? So we can use them in books or articles that we write?Thnx much.

asked by LE BEC FIN over 5 years ago
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added over 5 years ago

perfect. th you!

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added over 5 years ago

There was a wonderful post regarding this from Food52, very clearly explaining the legal details in layman language.. Yes, we do retain full ownership of our recipes, but by posting them, we also grant F52 the rights to share them on other sites w/o any expectation of getting compensated. & yes, if you want your recipe to be taken down for any reason, they're very co-operative about it.

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Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

added over 5 years ago

Hey there, LE BEC FIN. Questions like this are best directed to editors@food52.com -- we're here and happy to help answer any questions like this.

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added over 5 years ago

Well but then the answer isn't shared openly like this one was, correct? I was curious about this and I'm sure others are too.

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added over 5 years ago

there is some information right on the site about this, hope it helps

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added over 5 years ago

The tricky thing about recipes is that it's almost impossible to safeguard the rights to them. If you were to rip off someone's recipe word for word and try to make money on it, that individual could pursue litigation. However, if you were to take someone's recipe and alter it, whether by rewording it or by reworking it, that altered recipe would be yours and, most likely, no one would be the wiser.
This is largely due to the fact that many recipes are so similar--for instance, from chocolate chip cookie recipe to chocolate chip cookie recipe, there will usually be very minor differences, thus to claim that someone ripped off your chocolate chip cookie recipe, unless stolen verbatim, would be very hard to prove and even harder to pursue.
Not to ramble on too much, but as someone who works for cookbook writers, this issue is something that we come across a lot, or at least have to think about.

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pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 5 years ago

Someone wiser than me once said, "cooks don't create. It's all been done before" [except maybe for Ferran Adria and his 'atelier']. Then there have been the David Ruggerios. The latter was not only a plagiarist but an incredibly stupid one. He was copying recipes almost word for word. As an added offense he was guilty of stealing from is customers' credit cards.

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added over 5 years ago

Now that I read your question again, I see that my answer is slightly tangential. But this is something we all need to think about as crowd-sourcing and digitization of content become bigger and bigger issues.

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added over 5 years ago

Indeed. The line between "inspired by" and "stolen from" is fuzzier than a six month old block of cheese in the back of the refrigerator.

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