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Copyright & Sharing

Show love and courtesy for your fellow foodies

It really, really, really makes me sad when someone steals my photos, or my words. You can copy a recipe … I don’t really even mind if you copy the directions even though copyright laws say that the way I express the recipe is mine. But please don’t copy an entire post word for word. And please, if you are going to share, either take your own photos … or if you want to use one of mine, please ask. What I normally say is “sure, you can use it … just make sure you give me credit for the photo and link back to that post on my blog.”

Recipes are meant to be shared. I love sharing my recipes, and nothing makes me happier than to hear about someone who has tried one of my recipes. I love it when people blog about a recipe of mine that they tried. You might notice I try a lot of other people’s recipes too … we all do. That is what recipes are all about. But when I do try someone else’s recipe, I always write up my own process … what I did when I made the recipe. I always link back to my source. And I always, always, always take my own photographs. Please follow common courtesy and do the same.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all the photos on this blog are mine. It took me a lot of time and effort to create the recipe, style, and photograph it. These photographs belong to me under U.S. copyright law. If you use any of my photos without my permission, you are breaking the law. (There are some guest posts where other people’s photographs are used, but they are clearly attributed to the guest author.)

What about sharing on facebook, twitter, pinterest?

Sharing on facebook, tweeting, pinning … yes, by all means, please share! I love to see my content shared! I wouldn’t have shared it publicly if I didn’t mean for it to be shared! You might see my recipes and photos featured on some recipe linkys. All of that is fine as long as you give me credit and link back to the original post on my blog.

Can I upload your photo to my facebook page?

Yes and No. No, uploading my photo to your facebook page and treating it as yours without giving me credit or linking to the post on my blog is NOT okay. Under some conditions it might be okay, but you would need to ask me first, give me credit, and link back to the post on my blog.

If you have any questions, just ask. Leave a message here and I will respond.

Thank you for your attention and your courtesy.

11 Responses

  1. Hello Sumptuous Spoonful! I love your recipes and your pictures and your beautifully descriptive words and your presentation. Now I even love your sweet way of explaining the copyright laws. How could anybody ever abuse your talent with such a kind way of presenting as this. God Bless! Debra Lagemann, Seven Sisters Home Designs, LLC

    July 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    • Ann

      Debra you are so sweet! Thank you so much 🙂

      July 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

  2. sue lassman

    i have a great recipe for anoodle kugel. i will gladly give you the recipe. no charge or anything. i am not that tech savvy and would love it if you were to share it with the world. it is something very good, very rich and i bet not many people have ever tried it. i have other recipes i would love to give to you to share as well if you like. i am not asking for a thing in return.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    • Ann

      Sue I would love to try your recipe! I’ll email you … thank you so much 🙂

      September 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  3. What a wonderful blog…. I saw a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte posted on FB that courteously gave credit and link which drew me back here. I will look forward to your recipes. Just a beautiful blog, wonderful recipes and a true delightful find for me. Blessings… Have a wonderful October !

    October 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so very much for your kind words Judyann. That means so much to hear that.

      October 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

  4. Right on, Sistah! xoxoxoxo

    March 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

  5. Kelly Packham


    I am loving your delicious recipes! Haven’t made one yet, just found you but so enjoy your art as well! 🙂 I have a facebook page and as I understand it, I am allowed to post your recipes on there as long as I place a link back to your page and give you credit? Thank you! I am always posting recipes and this is a wonderful site to share. Thanks!


    September 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

    • Ann

      Hi Kelly!

      Yes, it’s okay as long as you post a link back to my page and give me credit. The easiest way to share on facebook is to go to my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SumptuousSpoonfuls), find the photo of the recipe you want to share and click the share button for that image. I always have a link directly to the recipe with each photo.

      What is your facebook page, if I may ask? I’d like to visit your page too!

      Thank you for asking and take care,


      September 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  6. Good Afternoon Ann,
    My name is Camryn, and I am the community manager for the Ménage à Trois Wines Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and blog.

    We recently agreed to do an ad campaign with Food and Wine starting November 1st through the end of the year. The banner ads that run on Food and Wine will direct users back to our new blog category Holiday Entertaining.

    I have been searching for fun and different holiday appetizers and I came across this delectable rosemary red wine poached pear recipe. We would like permission to share your content on our blog.

    This is a great opportunity for exposure. In addition to the banner ads on the Food and Wine Website, we will also promote the featured blog recipe on some of our social channels through out the month.

    If you are interested in working with us please let me know. We a few spots open for this campaign and would love to feature a recipe from your blog!

    October 20, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  7. Just discovered your blog and love it already! When I’ve done recipes, I do much the same as you – rewrite my own experience, use my own photos, and credit the heck out of the owner. Looking forward to checking out more of your food!

    October 6, 2016 at 9:52 am

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