Not to be a raving maniac, but ... no recipes allowed at that other place!
I have a rule that I try to follow... no complaining about a site in an article on that site. Most times I'm able to just grit my teeth when a site puts out a dumb rule, and then move forward and continue writing there.
And, in general, I try not to write gritchy, "she's a raving maniac" posts, too!
But, today, I really must ignore that last rule about not being a raving maniac and tell you what's on my mind.
I just read a new rule on a site where I write, and I really am a little miffed over it. The site has issues with spammers and copyright infringement, and just decided that the writers there will no longer be allowed to post recipes because of copyright infringement. They say if you change only one ingredient, it's still copyright infringement. And they also said that the owner of the site is a 5 star chef, which I'm assuming was mentioned to impress us with his knowledge of copyright infringement on recipes.
Aaarg! Pttthh! Spit, spit, spit!
I've posted the copyright info about recipes so many times that I know it by heart. A list of ingredients can NOT be copyrighted. What is copyrighted on a recipe is the way the instructions/directions for making the item are written. (You can check it out for yourself at the US Copyright pages.)
That only makes sense, right? After all, won't most bread recipes have a list of ingredients that includes water, flour, yeast, and salt? If ingredients could be copyrighted, there'd be only one bread recipe in the whole world! Knowing my luck, it would be wheat bread, made with those "break your teeth" wheat berries.
And let's tackle their idea that if you change one ingredient, that doesn't make it a new recipe. I think their "5 star chef" site owner should try adding a teaspoon of rosemary into his morning oatmeal and see if that doesn't make it a totally new recipe. Albeit, a pretty gross one.
Alas and alack, it's too bad I can't say anything at the site to change their minds and convince them of their error regarding recipe copyright, because most of us love sharing recipes. So instead, I'll just voice my discontent here. And then give one more word of advice on recipes.
No matter how tempting it is ... don't add that rosemary into your oatmeal.
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