Recipe copyright is a tricky definition. You cannot copyright a list of ingredients - this is considered a scientific formula. You can copyright the prose that accompanies a recipe as long as it is not considered "typical" in describing the procedures required to complete the recipe.
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
Law. A right granted by a government giving exclusive control over a specified commercial activity to a single party.
According to the Copyright and Patent Clause of the Constitution, the purpose of copyright protection is to "promote the progress of Science and the useful Arts." This purpose is secured by giving authors copyright protection for only "limited Times" so that their work eventually enters the public domain as part of an intellectual commons. This constitutional limitation both encourages authors with the promise of a limited monopoly and ensures further advancement of the arts and sciences by protecting the public's right to create derivative works. Appellants' argue in their brief that by limiting its authority, the Copyright Clause directs Congress to balance the requirements of intellectual property with those of an intellectual commons.
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.
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