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    Hi Guys,

    I hope everyone is enjoying there weekend!
    Just a quick question guys in regards to copyright for recipes in cook books and online etc.
    If I wanted to follow someones recipe and sell it my own in my kitchen would that be regarded as copyright? For example if I followed the exact Gordan Ramsay Sheppard’s Pie Recipe and sold it in my bakery would that be copyright?

    Thank you

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    Heres a good explanation but it is US law: http://paleomagazine.com/recipe-copyright#protected
    And the UK: https://www.finedininglovers.com/stories/how-to-protect-recipes/

    Basically it seems that a recipe can rarely be copyrighted

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    I guess I would ask the question if you followed the recipe word for word, ingredient for ingredient, unles you mentioned it was Gordons recipe, would anyone really know anyhow Unless you had a big sign up saying I am using Gordons recipe, no one knows what you have done/used. Not saying there is no issue, just asking the question

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    In short – you can follow a recipe to make the product, but can’t reproduce/publish the recipe.

    From the Australian Copyright Council (http://www.copyright.org.au/ACC_Prod/ACC/Information_Sheets/Recipes__Legal_Protection.aspx?WebsiteKey=8a471e74-3f78-4994-9023-316f0ecef4ef)

    “It is the reproduction of the written recipe, not the dish itself, which is likely to infringe the exclusive rights of the copyright owner. In other words, you will not infringe copyright by following the recipe or otherwise making a reproduction of the dish itself. However, you should careful not to feature copyright or trade mark material into the dish (such as Disney characters), as this may infringe the owner’s rights and may lead to you receiving a cease and desist notice or legal action.”

    Hope this helps.

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