Food writer fired for plagiarism in Food Media & Arts Posted June 5, 2003 One of the most notorious examples of recipe plagiarism is one invented by Richard Olney, where he inserted stuffing under the skin of a chicken. He wrote about it in Simple French Food. A few other people picked it up, claimed it as their own and published recipes based on it. I believe Olney grumbled a bit, but essentially did nothing to protect his copyright.Olney did in fact sue the author in question, the once-famous Richard Nelson, in the mid-1980s and, I believe, won, setting a legal precedent of sorts. The strange part was that Nelson (if my memory is not too foggy) passed off the French recipe as an example of American Regional Cuisine, something that Nelson did much to popularize. Actually, I found an excellent discussion of the case in the site of Daniel Rogov, the food critic for Ha`aretz. Was tempted to plagarize it (har har) but instead will provide a link (look about 3/4 way down the page).More on Olney - another site that mentions the lawsuit:Olney's million dollar brussel sprout recipe According to Rogov, Nelson had 'lifted' 39 recipes from Olney. But the case was made based on the similarity of writing style in describing the recipe procedure - I doubt the duplication of ingredients or (completely restyled) procedure alone would have been enough basis for the suit:The case against Nelson was not difficult to prove. Olney has a very individual style.Regarding journo standards: Some info about plagiarism, copyright, and recipe acknowledgement from:The Guild of Food Writers(the professional association of food writers and broadcasters in the UK).