Food Plagiarism – How Far is Too Far??

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Food Plagiarism – A recent conversation with a fellow blogger sparked the conversation of exactly how far is too far when it comes to blogging.

Food Plagiarism - A recent conversation with a fellow blogger sparked the conversation of exactly how far is too far when it comes to blogging. #food I was recently having a conversation with another food blogger that I have come to be very friendly with online. You know one of those kinds of friendships that you have never actually met them in person before, but since we follow each other on all social media platforms and each other’s blog…it feels as though we really know each other.

Anyway, in chatting with her the discussion quickly lead to a particular website in which a ‘blogger’ had begun a food blog and was using and/or stealing full recipes and pictures from other sites without their permission. It was actually so bad in fact that even the blog post itself was copied word for word and is used on this blogger’s website. And if that wasn’t enough some of the pictures that were used were still watermarked with the original owner’s logo and even that did not stop them from using the pictures.

Now I know that it has been said that imitation is the sincerest or highest form of flattery and I know that I am probably not the only person that has taken a look at another bloggers recipe creation and suddenly became inspired to tailor it to fit my own taste, but at what point is imitation and inspiration too much??

I believe this particular blogger crossed the line when they 1) Did not receive permission from the original content creator and 2) Did not credit the original source and insert a link back to their site.

I think that we all know that at this point nothing new is really being done…anything that you can think of in terms of food has probably already been done by someone else at some point and this does bring to mind an article in the Washington Post that I recently read titled “One of these is a Cronut. The Other is Food Plagiarism. And You Can’t Stop It”, which talks about how the Dominique Ansel Bakery in Manhattan is the only place where you can get a true legit cronut and if you find one anyplace else then you are indeed having a faux-nut and there is nothing that can be done to stop this food plagiarism train from solidifying itself in iconic food trend history.

I would venture to take a guess that Dominique Ansel himself never imagined his croissant/donut combination would become so popular and perhaps he may even be flattered that there have been so many re-creations around the world, but the difference is that no one is showing up at his famous bakery to purchase cronuts in bulk just to sell them in their own bakery under a different name.

So what are your thoughts…How far is TOO FAR when it comes to food plagiarism??

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    April 25, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    I’ve had a similar problem with plagiarism from other blogs and Facebook page. It’s maddening. My photos have been taken and used, with watermarks and all.

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      April 26, 2016 at 3:58 PM

      Oh No!! That is terrible! I’m so sorry to hear that you had that happen to you. I think that is just going too far especially if you are not giving credit back to the original blogger.

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    April 25, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    I think it’s all a problem! Granted, I have used recipes inspired by others – but generally not bloggers. And I’ll say, “Adapted from.. so and so.” The photography stealing is my personal nightmare, as you can imagine.

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:03 PM

      I agree and I will also use the “adapted from” or “inspired by” and provide a link to the original person. If it is a blogger I will ask for permission first at the very least. I have noticed that many bloggers have it spelled out on their ‘about me’ page what they are cool with others using…and it is usually the recipe only with credit and a link back.

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    April 26, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Demetra & Tamara I agree , it’s maddening & a nightmare.

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:04 PM

      It really is quite maddening isn’t it Steven 🙂

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    April 26, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    That is going way too far. Stealing other people’s work is just wrong. This is just lazy. It seems like they could easily adapt the recipe and take their own photos.

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      April 26, 2016 at 4:08 PM

      It really is…I agree!! Blogging takes up a lot of time and resources for someone to just come along and take it without another thought, its quite scary! I have used the ‘adapted by’, taken my own photos, and provided a link back to the original creator which I would not have a problem with someone doing with my stuff.

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    April 26, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    It’s not always easy to draw the line between inspired and copying, but when a blogger isn’t adding anything new and is in fact copying word for word, that’s stealing, plain and simple.

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      April 27, 2016 at 12:11 AM

      I totally agree!! There really is a fine line but there is no excuse for straight copying.

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