Q: How do i get a copyright for any salad dressing.... mixed with Tabasco.. can it be free?
A: Copyright law does not protect ideas, but instead, the expression - a description, explanation, or illustration, for example, that accompanies those ideas. So, copyright law does not protect recipes that are a mere listings of ingredients. If your recipe has secret ingredients that you do not want to reveal, you may not want to submit it for registration, because copyright applications are public records. That is, you cannot prevent others from making the same salad dressing, or require a licensing fee for making that salad dressing.
Don't try to rob the world of great combinations like ranch and Tabasco; cream cheese and Sriracha; or ketchup and Texas Pete!
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