As this is a site that pulls its recipes directly from a Usenet newsgroup, there's obviously always the chance that uncredited recipes may be from
a published cookbook covered by copyright.
"All these recipes are taken from the public forum newsgroup alt.food.vegan and are public material. If you own the original copyright to one of these
recipes and would like it either credited to you or taken down, please email us and we will do so immediately."
Some icons are based off of the open source project Tango
and are released under the
Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license
I just thought I'd add this extra stuff I found as general info - as I'm sure you're all as fascinated by copyright as I am. Ha!
"Mere listings of ingredients as in recipes, formulas, compounds or prescriptions are not subject
to copyright protection. However, where 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."
"The copyright in a compilation or derivative work extends only to the material contributed by the author of
such work, as distinguished from the preexisting material employed in the work, and does not imply any
exclusive right in the preexisting material. The copyright in such work is independent of, and does not
affect or enlarge the scope, duration, ownership, or subsistence of, any copyright protection in the preexisting
Basically, the ingredients of a recipe cannot be copyrighted. Neither can an idea, concept or method. However,
if there is a substantially descriptive method accompanying these ingredients (ie. something more than 'Boil water'
or 'Mix') then this description ("literary expression") can be copyrighted.
As for cookbooks - if a collection of non-copyrightable recipes is gathered to create a book, then the book (or compilation) is
itself protected. The individual recipes themselves are not. As a result, you are not in violation of copyright if you distribute
single recipes from the book, only if do so with the compilation as a whole. Of course, if the individual recipes themselves
are under original copyright (ie. the "literary expression" accompanying the ingredients allows it to be copyrighted), then we
go back to the first point of them being protected.
Well kids, hope you had fun with all of this. Riveting stuff, hey?