The Disclaimer on the Right

So… it has come to my attention that perhaps I have been too reliant upon the goodwill, knowledge of proper etiquette, and possibly even the honesty of users of my website. 😦 After becoming alerted to the fact that my GFCF Gingerbread recipe was on a particular website with no credit nor any link back to the original recipe, nor even a blog title or URL, I decided to do a little search. I came up with potentially 200+* places where one or more of my recipes have been posted without proper credit.  I have contacted five of them.  Wow.  That’s tedious.  I will have to take that up again later… after Christmas.  In the meantime is the lovely disclaimer on the right.

I have a strong dislike for legalese, or anything that screams, “I don’t trust you!!!  You’re gonna steal my recipes!!!” but I must admit that it does bother me when folks (unwittingly or on purpose) pass off my recipes as their own.  I’m going to have to take some steps to add more copyright info and the like to various posts.  Ugh.  I think I’ll check out a few recipe blogs a little more closely to see what they do.

I have no plans currently to try to profit from any recipe posted here…  I guess maybe it just bothers my sense of justice.  Or pride?  I don’t know.  I just don’t want folks taking my recipes and calling them their own.


* OK, so it may be only like 20 sites that have posted “unauthorized” versions; many of the Google results were duplicates.  I contacted most of them, and the three people I’ve heard back from so far have been really kind.  🙂

About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on December 23, 2009, in Blogging, Cooking/Baking/Food/Recipes, Sad Things. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. my husband took this picture for me and I used it on my old blog. well about 3 yrs later i came across another blog… with MY picture on it! on their profile even… on the very same bloggin site (xanga). I emailed her and was a little confused. she wrote back and told me she’d tak eit down, she didn’t know it was mine…

    I have no idea how she got it or how she couldn’t have known it was mine. infact the picture was of a tiny part of a huge quilt I loved. she didn’t even know what the picture was of! but googleimages make stealing someone else’s memory very easy without even realizing it.

  2. p.s. you might wanna put a copyright underneath each recipe just to make sure people think before taking. (seriously, with mom brain sometimes it’s hard to remember if you made up a recipe or stole it after you’ve made it a bunch of times)

    • Yeah, Laura… I am considering that. The problem is, I want people to USE the recipes — I just don’t want them re-publishing them elsewhere and either saying (or implying) that it is their recipe, or that they “found it somewhere”. But, it wouldn’t hurt, of course, to put a copyright symbol at the bottom of each recipe…. It’s just a lot of backtracking and editing! Ugh.

  3. Karen
    I fully agree with you about your right to your recipes. I. too wqs once sure that others were as honest as I am, but unfortunately we do not live in that world right now. So good luck in telling those in the wrong that they must not ude your recipes as their own. I have no experience in getting the correct disclaimer on your blogsite.
    God Bless and keep up the good work.

  4. I agree. There is little as disheartening as having someone take your recipe with no mention of how it worked or didn’t. OTOH nothing more gratifying that knowing others are using and enjoying something you’ve put work and time into as well as had the goodness to share!

    I’ll probably have to do something similar or just leave recipes out that I care about. We’ve talked about that before. 🙂

  5. So, can I use your disclaimer? Heehee! I’m not that un-original, but you can bet something similar will go up soon. I’ve been adding a signature to pictures but I”m not in the habit yet and so I forget. Need to get on that!

  6. Karen, these experiences are what turn us from being naive into being realistic – painful experiences, in which we learn we must use legality to protect our investments. Jesus said that those in the world system are cunning, and that we should be as cunning as servants…and as innocent as doves. So – here’s to copyrights!

  7. Hey Karen..i have referenced your big batch Christmas cookies all over the place..but always link it. hope that is ok?!!!

    • YES, Amy, that is fabulous. I am happy to spread the word, and THRILLED when a recipe of mine works for someone who needs it. My only concern is when people copy & paste the entire text — with no attribution — onto their own blog or website, or worse, say it is their own recipe!! (Which I did find about four people who did that! Ack!)

  8. I have to say I just found your blog. Looks like another GFree Sugar cookie hunter is out there !! Anyway, I would just like to say what a wonderful place to visit and look forward to many more visits. Many blessings to you and yours in the coming year!!!

  9. newbeginnings09

    Hey Karen, I used you in my blog today. Not a specific post, or about your recipes, but your blog in general. 🙂


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