7/23/08

a little something to get your blood pressure up...

Want to read something that will piss a food lover off? Click here.

Goes {not so much} with this little rant!

13 comments:

asthmagirl said...

Too funny Cupcake!
I agree that these folks seem to have an egg whisk up their butt with the perfect, copyrighted recipes. Maybe I missed your original rant, but yeah, some things aren't meant to be light!

Nicely said!

Neen said...

WTF indeed. I hope their PR firm keeps checking Melissa's blog and sees all the backlash.

melissa said...

I was pleasantly surprised by your post and all the comments I got because of it. It was wonderful to have so much support and commiseration. Thank you so much!

noble pig said...

It's unreal isn't it? I mean WHO TF do they think they are? I was fuming when I read that thing...ARggghh

Mayberry Magpie said...

Holy Crap! I knew I didn't have the patience to be a food blogger.

The best part? Please do not email me again. I'm asking nicely. Thanks!

I just want to smack her.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Thanks for sending us her way. I enjoyed that post and am just floored by the audacity of some people. You rock!!

melissa said...

Magpie... me too. :)

MrOrph said...

Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot!!!!!

The whole intimidation thing has got my blood boiling! I'm glad you posted this Krysta. I think CI has lost their mind. I mean, WHERE did they get the recipe to start with??? Hmmmmmmmmm

I'm definitely going to bring attention to this in my next post.

Guac with limas? C'mon. Can't be serious.

I'm and glad that Melissa outed that wench.

me again said...

Methinks this is what needs to be done. Bloggers of the world, unite! Or something like that. The inaugural (did I spell that right?) post-a-recipe-from-ATK-on-your-blog-day! Make sure you modify it! Make sure you change some ingredients! Make sure you acknowledge their original recipe that you modified! Think of it. That PR bitch and her "team" would be so freakin' busy trying to bully us all.........

Cheryl said...

I have never heard of such bullshit in my life. I just made one of their recipes last week and I modified it too and I am gonna post it! tomororw as a matter of fact ((evin grin inserted here). I am cancelling my subscription to their crappy magazine too!

phillygirl64 said...

I will grant you that CI was being a bit Richard-y about it, but it is their copyrighted material...

A few posts down you say you felt you had to ask permission first from another blogger to print a couple of recipes, but then you criticize CI for requiring permission to print theirs?

Or let's say you write a major report...you do all the research, write and revise a number of drafts, then finally type it all out...then someone else comes along, copies it, changes a few things, and calls it their own...how would you feel?

me again said...

I am no lawyer, but I am familiar with this very topic -- I was the managing editor of a computer magazine here in Canada for many years; I was the food editor at two different community newspapers back in the 1990s and wrote cookbook reviews and had my own cooking column. Blah blah blah -- this isn't my c.v. Yeesh. But what I'm trying to say ... Protecting both my own copyright on what I have written and protecting the magazine's copyrights on our content were and are something VERY important. Despite my flippant remark a bit above, that I made earlier today, I do have a modicum of sympathy for those trying to protect their copyright in this digital age. What I DON'T have sympathy for is those who try to bully others while having very little leg to stand on. While most "writing" is definitely protected by copyright, recipes are different than magazine articles or books or song lyrics or op-ed pieces or ECM's blog postings etc etc etc. An article all about a particular recipe is protected by the copyright but the actual recipe itself is different. And at issue here is not a recipe that was copied verbatim anyway, but one that was changed. We all know it .... change ingredients in a recipe and you've likely changed the taste, look, even smell.
Change the amount of spices, the type of spices, and you've got two different recipes. Two eggs mixed with salt and cream and melted butter and then scrambled with cayenne pepper and smoked paprika is going to look and taste very different than scrambled with green onions and tarragon.
But what really burns my butt about this is that ATK is *very* upfront about saying that they take recipes from many different sources to come up with their versions. But do they credit their sources? No, not once that I can recall.
Oh, one other thing. A company that wants to be taken seriously in this regard doesn't send out an email. They send out a cease-and-desist letter from their lawyers. Try messin' around with Disney, a company well known to strongly defend their rights :-)
As you can tell, this whole issue still rankles with me. I've got to stop picking at it........

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