I haven't posted in a while. And I promise to do so soon. I just wanted to call your attention to the following posts by another food blogger. If you blog too, you need to read all three of these links. The second and the third are the important ones.
Aloshaskitchen's July 4th Picnic Post.
Aloshaskitchen's Follow-up Post. Is what we do legal or not?
Aloshakitchen's Second Follow-up Post.
I am seriously outraged by this situation. I fully intend to publish one of their recipes, modified. You'll be seeing it soon.
From the U.S. Copyright Office:
Mere listings of ingredients as in recipes, formulas, compounds, or prescriptions are not subject to copyright protection. However, when a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection.
This poster on lj put it very nicely:
Check out the Wooden Spoon:
"Melissa thought she was doing the right thing by giving Cook's Country credit for inspiring her to create her own potato salad recipe. Instead, she received what was essentially a "cease and desist" e-mail from CI's PR firm. CI/CC's arrogance about their recipes is appalling, as is their hypocrisy."
Also, non drama related, I hope to be able to publish the posts that I haven't gotten around to putting up. My computer got fried, and I am hoping that it didn't kill the hard drive, since all the pictures I have taken are loaded there and erased from my camera. :/