Cooking recipes and Copyright


Recently, the European Union’s highest court decided that the taste of a cheese does not qualify for protection.

In accordance with the court the taste of the cheese could not be defined precisely in order to have protection of copyright.

In Brazil, the copyright law stipulates that ideas and methods can not be protected as a copyright. There are lawsuits where cuisine chefs claim for the monopoly of recipes.

In general, Brazilian courts decides that recipes are methods and, for this reason, have no protection of copyright.

Regarding the taste, there is no protection in Brazil as well. If an industrialized product has a formula, in some cases, it could be patented.

Lawyer Author of the Comment: Laila Reis Araujo


Headline: Who has the Copyright over my cheese?


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