How to assemble recipes without plagiarism?

Asked by: Chad Robinson

How can you avoid plagiarism in a recipe?

The cookbook writers should not copy the cooking method or illustrations used as part of the cooking procedure to avoid copyright infringement. They need to use their image, which helps them avoid copyright-related issues, and it even offers protection to their works from getting copied or plagiarized.

Can you use other people’s recipes in a cookbook?

Share only the ingredient list if you must copy something. This is the ONLY part of a recipe you are legally allowed to copy and paste. It is the only part of a recipe that is not protected under copyright law. The blogger you are sharing from may not particularly appreciate that you did it, but legally, it’s allowed.

How do you digitally organize a recipe?

There are plenty of ways to create a digital recipe filing system, but two good options are Google Drive or a note-taking app like Evernote. You can use folders to store your recipes in different categories.

Can recipes be copied?

Recipes can be protected under copyright law if they are accompanied by “substantial literary expression.” This expression can be an explanation or detailed directions, which is likely why food and recipe bloggers often share stories and personal anecdotes alongside a recipe’s ingredients.

Are all recipes copyrighted?

Copyright does not protect recipes, “That are mere listings of ingredients,” However, it can, “Extend to to substantial literary expression – a description, explanation, or illustration, for example – that accompanies a recipe or formula…” What this means is that the basics of a recipe are not copyright protected.

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How much do you have to change a recipe to make it your own?

Here in the food writing world, many of us follow an informal standard that you need to make at least three changes before you can claim credit for a recipe. Those changes need to be more substantial than changing 1/2 teaspoon salt to 1/4 teaspoon, although the changes don’t have to just be in the ingredients.

Is it illegal to use someone else’s recipe?

The short answer is “probably not.” If the recipes are published, there is no trade secret protection. If you don’t use any names associated with the recipe, there wan’t be a trademark problem (in contrast to calling something “The Whopper” or “Big Mac”).