Effective immediately, these are the new Terms & Conditions of use for this discussion forum. These changes are needed because of a situation where a member of this forum openly and voluntarily posted some of his recipes to this site, then, after many months, decided to go back and edit (and delete) said recipes in order to make them unusable. This member is also demanding that I edit other posts by different members which include references to his recipe.
First of all, this is an open and public forum. When you post to any public forum (including this one) you are effectively putting your words into the public domain, this is just common sense. Second of all, it is virtually impossible to copyright a recipe. Third, if someone takes your publically-posted recipe and tweaks it even in the slightest degree, it becomes the work of that person. That is just the way it is, even for recipes published in cookbooks. And finally, everything posted to this website is indexed and cached by Google and other search engines, so even edited/deleted posts will still remain (unedited) in those caches for all to see.
I have contacted several lawyers over the last few days and I have been told that this person does not have a valid claim against this website since the user knowingly and voluntarily posted his recipes to a public Internet forum.
Because this website is all about openness and sharing, and because editing/deleting old posts tends to destroy the continuity of the message threads, I have been forced to configure the forum to allow edits/deletes for a period of one hour after being posted. Once that window expires, the message becomes a permanent addition to the site and cannot be modified in any way (except by an administrator or moderator.)
So, please continue to share your fantastic ideas and recipes. And remember, if you decide to post your super-secret family recipe to the site, it will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary (i.e. public domain) and it will become a permanent addition to this site. Again, this is just plain common sense.
So, please take a few moments to read the new Terms & Conditions. If you do not wish to abide by these new terms, please contact me to have your account terminated. Thank you.
PIZZAMAKING.COM DISCUSSION FORUM TERMS & CONDITIONS
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