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Do You like to Post Recipes?

As I was checking some of my posts tonight to see if they are intact or I need to delete them, I ran across something interesting some of you might have missed that was posted by Bubblews Member Support. I only saw it because I had deleted a post and when you do that you automatically are directed to the home page. This post from support on Recipe had just hit the home page, so I took a look at it without even knowing who had written it.

As usual after reading any official Bubblews post, I'm left wondering. are the latest focus of the staff in looking for plagiarism. If you post a recipe, they aren't going to pay for it unless you can prove it's yours and you didn't spin it from somewhere else. Yet there is only room for one photo on the page, and the size isn't compatible with a lot of the photos one takes when cooking. There is no mention of how you can prove a recipe is yours.

It appears the site would rather people not post their recipes there anymore. If you are posting them, be on alert that they are being read in great detail by the staff, and I get the impression you will be considered guilty of plagiarism unless you can prove you are innocent in some way, yet no method is given for proving your innocence.

I seriously doubt if there are very many truly original recipes these days. Most will be variations of one that someone published somewhere – even if your mother taught it to you. I believe I read somewhere that it does not violate a copyright to publish recipes you have adapted if you have added original photos or changed the ingredients or the directions. Evidently Bubblews staff does not agree.

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

The photo is one I took of my homemade recipe book of my favorite recipes, most of which were clipped from paper publications. I have modified many of them to make them my own.

Image Credit » I took the photo

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bestwriter wrote on October 22, 2014, 5:02 AM

Thanks for pointing it out. They are targeting those who are 'specialised' but in the future every single recipe post will be scrutinised for originality. How that can be proved is a million dollar question.

Sam42 wrote on October 22, 2014, 6:30 AM

many of these recipes are altered with and fake!!! if you ask me I will say that many who post them are cheats

Scorpie wrote on October 22, 2014, 9:36 AM

I have a couple of signature items that I have posted recipes for such as a no bake fruit tart, and fast skillet chilli on the barbecue grill.

Cherokee wrote on October 22, 2014, 9:55 AM

I don't generally post the actual recipe word for word. I just describe what it is and if it was good or not and then provide a link to the original.

Jerry_Walch wrote on October 22, 2014, 10:09 AM

Copyright Law isn't cut and dry where recipes are concerned. The U.S. Copyright Office explains it this way "Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook. "

MaeLou wrote on October 22, 2014, 10:17 AM

I think it is easy to plagiarize a recipe, even without meaning to at times. I don't know if I've posted it here or not, but I do have one recipe that is purely mine. It didn't come from any pinterest ideas or anything of the sort, it's a simple recipe that was passed down from my dad.

LoudMan wrote on October 22, 2014, 12:47 PM

I haven't seen the post on the ooze. If they're saying the recipe itself must be original then, yup, they're idiots. I've always tried to put a personal flair on any recipes I share, as in, telling a story about the recipe as I tell it. Something tells me, though, this is just more gorilla dust to avoid the topic of their other problems.

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:02 PM

You've got that right.

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:10 PM

That may be, but many are genuine. People should not have to prove themselves innocent, and staff has not spelled out how they may do so.

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:11 PM

I don't much enjoy posting them, either. It's a lot of work to write and illustrate good ones.

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:12 PM

HOw would you go about proving they're not plagiarized?

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:13 PM

So you write a review of someone else's recipe?

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:14 PM

Correct. That's what I was trying to say.

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:18 PM

I have recipes passes on from my mother-in-law I've posted on HubPages, along with some I have modified from printed sources. I have usually changed some ingredients to personalize the recipe for my own family, written directions the way they make sense to me, and used my own photos, often step-by-step. I have even used video for some techniques, like kneading. The result is much different from the original recipe I've adapted, but Bubblews seems to consider that spinning.

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:19 PM

Or one more way not to pay for content that is posted that they may not delete but will not pay for.

BarbRad wrote on October 22, 2014, 1:20 PM

I'm glad I haven't published many, and those few I did publish had added content boxes with photos, so I will be deleting them anyway.

Feisty56 wrote on October 22, 2014, 9:46 PM

Thankfully recipes that aren't merely copied and pasted from somewhere else are welcome here. I don't do a lot of them myself, but sure am glad that others do because I get a lot of great ideas and new ways to use tried and true ingredients.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:11 AM

I've never posted a recipe. I was briefly considering posting my mother's biscuit recipe with a video of her making them, but that's way too valuable to me for you know where. It will find a nice home on my blog.

BarbRad wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:26 AM

Right you are. I've gotten a lot of good ideas from tinamarie

BarbRad wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:27 AM

Sounds like a blog is just the place for it.

madhavan_as wrote on October 23, 2014, 9:17 AM

There will be two arguments for this, Either one should have or not. Have argumentarians will say It will be interesting to have. The opposition will say It's boring or we are not going to try it out., like that.

Jerry_Walch wrote on October 23, 2014, 9:32 AM

Actually MaeLou, it's not just recipes. In many cases there is just a limited number of ways that something can be described, in some cases there is only one way something can be described and has been used by so many writers over the years that it falls under the common knowledge exception to the copyright protection act, which is something that we technical writers have to deal with on a daily basis.

Jadecat777 wrote on October 23, 2014, 10:05 AM

I don't think it is a bad idea from Bubblews since a lot more articles that are plagiarized will be under the recipe section. Its just strange that we need to prove those are our recipes.

BarbRad wrote on October 23, 2014, 9:05 PM

I'm not sure I got your point here.

BarbRad wrote on October 23, 2014, 9:07 PM

Agree. So if I get a desire to post any recipes, I won't do it there. The problem is, I just discovered I had posted one there. If they don't like it, I'll post it elsewhere. Meanwhile, I backed it up as a complete webpage because I want to make it again.

Jadecat777 wrote on October 24, 2014, 5:52 AM

I think it is crazy and honestly we are not plagiarizers. I loved being on there but honestly lately I can't find anything good to read. If I want to do recipes I will rather do it here.

maxeen wrote on October 24, 2014, 4:57 PM

It is certainly sad,why didn't they think stuff would happen in the very beginning. They must be failing themselves and the writers are taking the stick !

BarbRad wrote on October 26, 2014, 9:37 PM

I think it takes writers to run a writing site well. Arvind and company aren't writers. They occasionally write something, but they have no understanding of what goes into a writer's work and reputation.

JanetJenson wrote on October 29, 2014, 1:40 AM

I remember when MyLot did away with recipes on their site and I thought it was idiotic. If someone is just posting a recipe alone that is not a good post, but over there they started flagging post just because people were talking about food. They had too many silly rules.

BarbRad wrote on October 29, 2014, 7:30 PM

I wonder if Bubblews is going the way of myLot. Perhaps the day will come when they stop paying. It's in the TOS that they can change compensation at any time.

FreyaYuki wrote on October 30, 2014, 5:18 AM

I've heard about that recipe article by support staff since many were talking about it but I never got to see the post since, apparently, it has already been deleted. Wonder why it was deleted?

BarbRad wrote on October 30, 2014, 8:13 PM

Only God knows.