Have you ever wondered how about the copyright rules for sharing recipes on your blog?
I love sharing recipes. Sometimes they’re my own creations that just happened to turn out well, other times I share them from a cookbook, or other times I found a recipe online and made some changes to suit my preferences in tastes.
Until recently, I wasn’t sure what the rules about sharing recipes were exactly.
If you’ve been wondering how to share recipes while keeping all the legal bases covered, this is for you.
Basically, a recipe is comprised of two sections. There is the list of ingredients and the directions.
Lists are not copyright protected. You can copy these and not have to worry about anything.
Everything else, however, is copyright protected. The directions, any comments, and tips on preparation all belong to the original author of the recipe.
So if you want to share a recipe on your blog, here are your two options:
You can either obtain permission from the original author of the recipe and copy their recipe word for word when you’ve been granted permission to do so and credit them in the post.
Or, you can copy the list of ingredients (if you’re keeping it the same), and then write the rest in your own words.
Either of these methods will keep you legally safe from any copyright issues. (Note: I’m not a lawyer and this is not meant to replace professional legal advice!)
Happy recipe sharing!
What’s your favourite recipe?