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I've seen this on numerous recipe Ibles.  What purpose does this serve?

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Vyger (author)2012-07-31

I have been thinking about taking a bunch of your recipe's and entering them in the copycat challenge. Since that is what it is about I suppose it would be OK. Although, you do live kinda of close to here. ----

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bajablue (author)Vyger2012-08-01

lol... I would be flattered. ;-)

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canida (author)2012-08-01

This means the author wants to maintain full copyright/ownership of their images and prose. My guess is that the images are the most relevant to most people, as great food photography is much in demand these days. :)

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bajablue (author)canida2012-08-01

Wouldn't watermarking the photos serve the same purpose?

Also: Just because an author selects "All rights reserved" doesn't necessarily mean they actually have a copyright, or does it?

I'd compare that scenario to the homeowner who wants to discourage thieves by erecting a Security Warning Sign when in-fact they have no security system installed.

Obtaining a copyright just seems like an involved process and a hassle.

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canucksgirl (author)2012-07-31

Authors have the choice of whatever copyright they want to select.

In the case of recipes I would expect it to apply more to the author's original photographs, because as far as I know, you can't copyright a recipe.

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Vyger (author)canucksgirl2012-07-31

You can copyright a recipe as it is a written medium. So a recipe book is copyrighted. However you cannot prevent people from following the recipe's as they are not reproducing it in printed format but are actually executing the instructions. That is why companies keep their formulas secret, because if people had the recipe they could make it themselves and do so legally.

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canida (author)Vyger2012-08-01

To clarify further:

1) You cannot copyright a recipe in and of itself. (Ingredients list & process)
2) You can copyright the surrounding text, including description and your personalized phrasing of the instructions.
3) You can copyright your photos.

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canucksgirl (author)Vyger2012-07-31

Correct. That's an accurate clarification. :)

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iceng (author)2012-07-31

I'm thinking that the publication confers no license
to sell the resulting consumable for gain.

And any or all rights pertaining to bragging rights or invention
of unique wording or republication by other then ibles is verboten.

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