Can I copy recipes from a book/another site?

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The title says it all. I'm thinking of adding some recipes to my specialized niche, but I don't know if it's a copyright violation. If it is, can I just reword the procedures and add my thoughts? Or probably add a link to the originator? Anyone has a recipe blog and what are you doing to get recipes?
#book or another #copy #recipes #site
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    Sure, you can do that... just be on the lookout for a lawsuit in the mail within a few weeks for copyright infringement.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
      Originally Posted by Malcolm Thomas View Post

      Sure, you can do that... just be on the lookout for a lawsuit in the mail within a few weeks for copyright infringement.

      Recipes cannot be copyright... The way they are presented and the images can be but the recipe itself cannot be copywritten. I suggest you read copyright law instead of talking out of your ass...

      Mere listings of ingredients as in recipes, formulas, compounds, or prescriptions are not subject to copyright protection. However, when a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection.
      Copyright protects only the particular manner of an author’s expression in literary, artistic, or musical form. Copyright protection does not extend to names, titles, short phrases, ideas, systems, or methods.
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  • Profile picture of the author OfficerIM
    Yes you can, however having a website is not the issue, ranking it is. So just having a website is nothing you still need to rank it and that is where some issue on your part may come in. How do you rank recipes, without spending money?

    Recipes cannot be copy written, just the images of the dish.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidaclark
    Originally Posted by abilify182 View Post

    The title says it all. I'm thinking of adding some recipes to my specialized niche, but I don't know if it's a copyright violation. If it is, can I just reword the procedures and add my thoughts? Or probably add a link to the originator? Anyone has a recipe blog and what are you doing to get recipes?
    You cannot copyright the ingredients of a recipe, or a list come to that. Just rewrite the recipe and use your own text telling people how to make it. Also, make the recipe yourself and photograph the results. It is disgusting but heat can be simulated by blowing tobaco smoke over the food. Don't forget to include things like 'Put the ingredients in the pan with 1 pint of water and put on the stove.' Recipe writers have been known to forget adding the liquid with the result that the cook has nearly melted the saucepan.

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