Protecting Your Recipes: Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of Copyrighting


Cuts and burns not to mention hours of our time go into the recipes we write as developers, bloggers, and cookbook writers. So, how do we protect our work? And, what happens if we want to borrow from another person’s recipe? How do we do that respectfully and legally? In this information-packed recording, attorney and author Joy R. Butler discusses the basics of copyright protection and how it applies to recipes. She shares examples of copyrightable recipes and recipes that can’t be copyrighted, and discuss what to do if you find another copying your recipes.

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Joy R. Butler, a Washington, DC-based media, technology, and licensing attorney who excels at explaining complicated legal issues in understandable terms and proposing practical solutions to business problems. Ms. Butler’s book publications include “The Permission Seeker’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions.” She also regularly blogs on media and intellectual property law issues at

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