In this post, There are no old posts, Febe asks: I have a question about copy write of recipes. My neighbor is using my skincare recipes and "selling to friends and family." I spent two years working on my formulations and testing. I asked her to test and she asked for the recipes to make for herself. Lesson learned - I should not have shared. But, I thought she was my friend. Anyway. She changed some amounts but not the ingredients. Are there any guideline that govern this kind of activity? How does all that work if someone copies your recipe and sells the produce?
That's really unfortunate that a friend would do that to you. I'm so sorry you've experienced this kind of betrayal. What's she has done is completely unethical and just plain mean.
I'm not a lawyer, and I don't know much about trademark or copyright, but my feeling is that I don't think there's anything you can do about this without spending a lot of money. And in the end, I suspect, she can say that it's her recipe because she altered the amount of this thing, increased the amount of that thing, and took this other thing out altogether for another thing.
Are you comfortable bringing this up with her? Do you think talking to her will help? She might not stop selling things, but you might feel better sharing your feelings with her?
I could be completely wrong here. I'd love to hear from someone more knowledgeable about the law than I am. I'm guessing from the spelling of "neighbour" as "neighbor", the original commenter is in America?