Copyright in the Kitchen

Exploring Protection for Recipes and Dishes

Christopher J. Buccafusco and Jonathan D. Yellin

©2016. Published in Landslide, Vol. 9, No. 1, September/October 2016, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

The creative endeavors of chefs represent an increasingly valuable contribution to the economy and to society. Accordingly, it is not surprising that some members of the culinary industry have sought legal mechanisms for protecting chefs’ culinary creativity from copying. Restaurants and publishers are increasingly turning to intellectual property law to find ways to prevent others from cooking similar dishes or publishing similar recipes.

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