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VIC Use of Information on My Website without Infringing Copyright?

Discussion in 'Intellectual Property Law Forum' started by Janet Shearsmith, 6 March 2015.

  1. Janet Shearsmith

    6 March 2015
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    I am creating an ecommerce Aroma & Therapy website to essential oil products and want to know how I can legally copy formulas/recipes of essential oil blends that I have seen in books and on the internet. I know that I must reference where I obtained my information from i.e. The Fragrant Garden, Valerie Worwood, Mcmillan London Ltd, 1990., but inside the cover of books it has a copyright symbol.

    An example:

    Chapped Lips
    Chamomile 2 drops, Geranium 2 drops.
    Mix well together with1 dessertspoon of Aloe Vera Gel

    There are not many ways I can alter this recipe to make it look like I am not copying.

    I am not selling the recipe just the ingredients it is made from.

    For my own personal research when studying I know I can copy information and reference its source but not sure when I want to use it for a commercial venture where I am indirectly profiting from the recipe and I don't want any issues with them taking me to court for copying their work.

    Can you please advise as to how I can legally do this without having to get the authors permission as some of the original publishers and authors no longer exist.

    Very appreciate for assisting me with this query. I look forward to your reply.
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    Hi Janet,

    Copyright protects the 'original expression of ideas', not the ideas themselves. Therefore you can still use the recipes (properly referenced) as they are the ideas - no one can claim on the Camomile and Geranium combo - its the expression that is protected. By wording it differently say by saying - equal parts of Camomile and Geranium or (2 drops each). You are basically avoiding the copyright issue. Having said that - referencing the source of your information is ethically appropriate.
  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

    28 April 2014
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    I agree with the above.
    You may find this helpful (it might open in a browser window,
    or it might download, depending on your settings.
    It's OK, it's just pdf document).

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