I am sure many of you have been witness to some "debate" online recently - especially within Facebook recipe sharing pages - over copyright issues as they pertain to food writers, food photographers and bloggers.
Terms like, "stolen content," "sharing," "intellectual content" and "theft" have been thrown around on many social media sites lately. And, I would like to take a moment to share with you - from my personal experience in recent days - what the fuss is all about. I've waited on writing this for a few days as I did not want to write out of bitterness and anger. I hope that you understand that I am writing this from the heart and because there is a good deal of misinformation out there on the subject. I am not a lawyer and do not claim to provide legal advice. I encourage you to research the subject more should you desire to look into the legal aspect in more depth.
For those not familiar with what has been going on, there has been an enormous increase in people starting up Facebook pages for the sole purpose of sharing recipes and food photos. I know that I am bombarded daily in my own personal news feed on Facebook with shared recipes posted by many of my well-meaning friends and family. If this is happening to you within your news feed, you'll probably notice two types of shared posts:
- A beautiful food photo accompanied only by the name of the dish and a full recipe for you to follow should you choose to make the dish at home.
- A beautiful food photo accompanied by the source of the recipe and photo ... as well as a link to the source (original blog or website).