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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Smith on Copyright in Culinary Presentations @Cathay Smith

Cathay Smith, University of Montana School of Law, has published Copyright in Culinary Presentations in Non-Conventional Copyright: Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection?128-149 (Enrico Bonadio & Nicola Lucchi eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018). Here is the abstract.

This chapter explores culinary presentations and copyright law, including the creative designs, plating, or presentations of food to be eaten, with an up-to-date analysis of this issue under the recent U.S. Supreme Court's decision on copyright of useful articles in Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc. To explore copyright in culinary presentations and illustrate the copyright hurdles for culinary presentations, this chapter uses examples of three different styles of culinary presentations as case studies: Duff Goldman's presidential inaugural cake, Thomas Keller's famous salmon cornets, and a bowl of Vietnamese pho.

Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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