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Copyright To Cookbooks And Not To Recipes

Divya Chellam. P, Jindal Global Law School


Firstly, this chapter deals with the major aspect of why copyright cannot be claimed for recipes and just for cookbooks, with shreds of evidence and case laws. It notes the developments in cookbooks ranging from an ancient period till now. Secondly, in this contemporary era, chefs move into media as a way of fulfilling their commercial benefits. The celebrity chefs have moved from the primary motive of protecting their dishes to monetary popularity, which are addressed in this chapter.

The secret in the food trade relies on the recipes and their formulas. In the food industry, copyrights are difficult to obtain for recipes.1 The reason is due to competition, as it is difficult to prove the first and original creator. Therefore, the Copyright law2 encourages the artistic creativity and pertains originality for public good.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


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