Perryville, MO asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Missouri

Q: copyright question? creating a cookbook from Pinterest recipes

I want to create a cookbook/blog with Pinterest recipes stating where I found the original I used but talk about how my version turned out while sharing the recipe. is that legal or copyrighted? I plan to take my own photos of my attempts to make the dish, the ingredients (if I change it when I make it I will put it in) then the instructions. I want to state where I got the original recipe I went off of but there might be times when it doesn't change. I will add some of what I thought about the recipe in the text.

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  • Beverly Hills, CA

A: Your use of previously published recipes does not infringe the copyright in them, as it is "fair use" under the law. Fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder for purposes such as criticism, parody, news reporting, research and scholarship, and teaching. You are also adding new authorship with the commentary and photos, which is "transformative" in that it uses the prior work in new or unexpected ways.

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