May. 9th, 2017

copyright

May. 9th, 2017 03:42 pm
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As mentioned previously, I've been skimming through the Shalene Flannigan's cookbook. The recipe for gingerbread looked really good. I haven't made it because I keep forgetting to buy rye flour (although I bought fresh ginger), but she does allow the substitution of teff or whole wheat, so I'm going to try it today. The more I looked at the recipe, the more familiar it seemed, and I realized it was a lot like the gingerbread recipe I used in the 1970s, from the New York Times Natural Food Cookbook. It's not *exactly* the same, as one has an egg while the other one doesn't, and there is the flour thing (the NYT suggests WW flour). Still, some of the offbeat ingredients (like yogurt) are the same. How different does a recipe need to be to no violate copyright? Or are recipes copyrightable anyway? Clothing designs are not, which is why knock-off manufacturers can copy something famous without reprisals. There are oddities about this. The costume designer for "Outlander" has stopped posting her designs, because she knew they would be copied for someone else's profit. She has good reason - there is a Simplicity pattern that is a superficial exact copy of one of the outfits from the show, except that the TV costumes hare more historically accurate. So even though someone at Simplicity copied the look of the garments and the printed patterns are under copyright, Terry Dresbach doesn't get credit or royalties.
Still from the show:
http://nerdist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Outlander-Claire-03042015-333x500.jpg

Simplicity pattern, made without permission (not legally required):
http://demandware.edgesuite.net/sits_pod26/dw/image/v2/AAWA_PRD/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-simplicity-product-master/default/dw16b381e7/images/product/8161/simplicity-costumes-pattern-8161-envelope-front.jpg?sw=502&sh=502&sm=fit
I saw someone at Arisia wearing the exact outfit. I didn't ask if she used the Simplicity pattern, or worked it out on her own.

Full disclosure - I made a gray version of the knitted item, based on a pattern on Ravelry.

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