We might be sewed

Canada
March 13, 2013 3:30pm CST
The museum board got a letter yesterday about a cookbook we published to sell in the gift shop. It it comprised of recipes from the family That lived in the heritage house that is now our museum. Apparently 40 years ago someone published a book of the same recipes and she says we have copyrighted her book. Ours was done 2 years ago before I worked there so I'm glad it has nothing to do with me. The board member who did the book wants to get a lawyer and fight. The other author has requested we destroy the books and she will drop the case. I vote for doing this. We don't really make any money on the books anyway so why pay a bunch of money for a lawyer.
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5 responses
• United States
13 Mar 13
I don't think I would destroy the books before finding out who was right to print the book.
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• Canada
13 Mar 13
From the info I have gathered from the board member who did our book we might be in the wrong in some areas.
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@MoonGypsy (4615)
• United States
14 Mar 13
well, in that case they just go ahead and destroy the book. it's not worth the hassle especially since the return profit from it wasn't high.
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• United States
14 Mar 13
I would toss the books an be done with it.
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• St. Peters, Missouri
13 Mar 13
Sounds to me like the board member who did the book just wants to fight. That's silly. As was mentioned by someone else, I would suggest sitting down together (with lawyers if you want) and find out exactly what the complaint(s) is. No matter what, it's not possible you have copyrighted her book. She probably means you copied her book. She may be under the impression that because she published a book she has rights. She doesn't automatically have any rights. She would have had to go through a process to get a copyright. If she didn't get a copyright on it, anybody (including you) can make copies. But in the long run, if you don't make any money on the books, why get lawyers to find out what rights everybody has? Just stop selling the books or destroy them.
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@Raine38 (8909)
• United States
13 Mar 13
I think both parties should sit down and talk and see where the violation of copyrights existed. Preferably with the experts present. Then if it is indeed proven that the museum is in the wrong, then might as well destroy the books. No sense in spending more for something that isn't rightfully theirs to claim and that brings in little money at that.
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@TLilly12 (1230)
• United States
13 Mar 13
I think you should get all, you information, about the book first, and if it's true the book have been coped, then I think destroying the book,would be doing the right thing, because it will be a lot of trouble, selling some thing this museum, didn't published in the first place.
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
15 Mar 13
I have to say that I definitely agree with you that your board should just destroy the books that you've already had printed as opposed to going through a long and drawn out legal battle that will also end up being something that is very expensive. The fact is the money that would be spent on the legal battle is money that would be better spent elsewhere for exhibits or maintenance of the museum. To lose all of that money would hurt people not only today but in the future as well.