Dan Lepard's publisher notified Forum Thermomix that all recipes attributed to Dan Lepard were to be immediately removed.
As I understand copyright law as it pertains to recipes, a list of ingredients cannot be copyrighted - however the directions or method and any photos are of course protected by copyright.
What is odd in this instance is that all of the recipes that had been placed in Forum Thermomix topics had all been converted for the TM31 so the part of the recipe that did fall under copyright protection had been altered completely from the original.
Nevertheless the person was adamant that no part of the recipe could be on the forum.
Frankly, I would have never heard of Dan Lepard, had these recipes not been on the forum. This certainly does not make me anxious to buy any of his books, I had planned to buy one but this attitude has convinced me to find an alternate and I am not alone in this opinion.
Thermomix fans are eager to buy books that have easily converted recipes and posting a few recipes seems to me to be good publicity.
Other cookbook authors certainly understand this and don't rant about blog and forum postings that "steal" proprietary content.
Being an artist, and having had some of my works lifted for COMMERCIAL purposes, I am sensitive about copyright protection, but if an individual uses one of my designs for something for personal use or to donate for fund raising, I have no objections.
I know a lot of Peter Reinhart's bread formulas have shown up on various online sites and have prompted people to buy his books. I've never heard of him complaining.
Edited by andiesenji, 22 February 2012 - 01:44 PM.