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A federal court in Texas addressed the question of what recipes can be placed in a cookbook without violating the copyright law.

Key point 9-05.08. Copyright infringement occurs when one violates any one or more of the exclusive rights of a copyright owner.

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* In a case that will be relevant to any church that publishes a cookbook, a federal court in Texas addressed the question of what recipes can be placed in a cookbook without violating the copyright law. Here's an interesting question to ponder, "Does our church face potential liability for copyright infringement as a result of publishing a church cookbook?" The fact is that many churches have published cookbooks. While most of the recipes are solicited from congregational members, there seldom if ever is any investigation by church leaders into the origin of these recipes. What if a member's recipe came from a copyrighted cookbook? Does the church's inclusion of that recipe in its own cookbook constitute copyright infringement? Is it a defense ...

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  • March 1, 2002

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