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copywriting recipes?

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by KingofGreen, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. KingofGreen

    KingofGreen Registered Member

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    How would you copywrite a recipe without ruining/changing it?

    I wouldn't think changing the volume of ingredients would be good enough to be called "origional" nor would just changing the order of the list..

    Mind shedding some light on this?
     
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    changing the volume of ingredients

    for the love of God, don't do that, it will ruin the recipe.ofcourse if you hire a professional chef he can help you out by changing recipes ingredients for serving 2 person to 5 persons, that will make it unique enough.and you know the rest change a little bit the step by step guide on how to cook.
     
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  3. KingofGreen

    KingofGreen Registered Member

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    If changing the volume is good enough, Im pretty sure basic math skills can handle the task rather than needing to hire a professional chef..
    I however didn't think about the preparations/cooking portions of the recipe (that would be the bulk of the content) I could easily make this original. Drr.
     
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    Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook.
    Only original works of authorship are protected by copyright. "Original" means that an author produced a work by his or her own intellectual effort instead of copying it from an existing work.
    For further information about copyright, see Circular 1, Copyright Basics. Note that if your recipe has secret ingredients that you do not want to reveal, you may not want to submit it for registration, because applications and deposit copies are public records.
    Deposit requirements depend on whether a work has been published at the time of registration:

    • If the work is unpublished, one complete copy
    • If the work was first published in the United States on or after January 1, 1978, two complete copies of the best edition
    • If the work was first published outside the United States, one complete copy of the work as first published
    • If the work is a contribution to a collective work and was published after January 1, 1978, one complete copy of the best edition of the collective work or a photocopy of the contribution itself as it was published in the collective work

    Source:http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl122.html

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    http://opensourcecook.com/recipes-copyright-law
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=copyright+a+recipe
     
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  5. silvermember

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    mr green, I m a chef!! let me tell you something, just between you and me :eek: you cannot just do what you want with recipes, they are called recipes for a reason, changing the volume doesn't change the whole thing.

    If you want to have unique content, as mentioned above hire a chef (not me) please, who are writing you that stuff, or you cook it by yourself and write every bits and pieces down. Voila --> your unique recipe if eatable :)
     
  6. KingofGreen

    KingofGreen Registered Member

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    Took me back to school, Haha. Appreciate the help.
    Respect.
    Get to add a new way to write articles to my toolbox, will be nice to change my writing style temporarily trying it out. I'm always needing more content!
     
  7. KingofGreen

    KingofGreen Registered Member

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    Noted, I'll just aim for authenticity through the preparation/cooking instructions using some spinning techniques. Should be unique enough.
    Thankfully you were able to clear this up for me though before I made a fool of myself in the future learning the hard way. haha
     
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    If you've cooked it yourself enough times, you should be able to slightly adjust the proportions of some ingredients. Also, share some of your own unique cooking tips in the instructions.
     
  9. marl09

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    There was a client one time that wanted me to write recepis.I try my best but it is almost impossible to keep it original.