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Old 11-21-2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Neighbor posted my sweet potato casserole recipe online

My neighbor asked for my recipe and I reluctantly said ok but told her it was a 50 yr family secret and not to share it further

NOW 2 weeks later she posted it on her facebook page and will NOT take it down.

I am livid. It is a family treasure. Everybody loves the taste and it makes me a super-hit during Thanksgiving (even when I mess up the turkey slightly on occasion) and now she is ruining it all and telling everybody.

What can I do to make her stop this???? This just isn't right.

Even worse she implies it is HER recipe.
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:39 PM   #2
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I wish to inform you that you may serve a written notice to your neighbor to cease and desist from using the recipe without your approval and take it down from the neighbor's Facebook page. You may also contact Facebook in the matter. In addition, you may seek advise from an attorney.

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Old 11-22-2019, 10:21 AM   #3
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What can I do to make her stop this?
As a practical matter, probably nothing.

Two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead.

Sorry, you gave it away. Once you gave it away you lost control over it and it became fair game.
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:21 AM   #4
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It seems she would remove it if she knew how important this is to you.
Let her know. She is not much a of a friend otherwise.

I guess in theory you could sue her and have the court order her to take it down and maybe even pay you a small fee for damages, but is it worth it??
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:22 AM   #5
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I guess in theory you could sue her and have the court order her to take it down and maybe even pay you a small fee for damages, but is it worth it??
I seriously doubt that there is any copyright protection for a recipe that might not actually be unique.
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:46 AM   #6
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Ideas and facts are not protected by copyright. – it is the tangible expression of facts and ideas that copyright law protects. 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.
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Hi @ battler

I guess if you had your family recipe registered before letting anyone else know first, you could have the chance to take legal actions against them. But since that's not the case here, the only thing you can do here is talking her out of this promotion. Although it's not a noble thing what she has done, it's hard to take legal actions towards her because the recipe was a word of mouth and not a copyright of yours.
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Thank you everyone for the great comments.
This small issue has ruined a friendship but my ex friend seems lately to want to put an end to this.

Certainly took her a while.
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