ATG Quirkies: Could Proust Have Gained Copyright on the Taste of His Madeleine?

by | Jul 30, 2018 | 0 comments

Here’s a post that addresses a question that we’re sure is at the forefront of everyone’s mind: Should the taste of cheese be protected by copyright?

Evidently, the Court of Justice of the European Union has been asked by a Dutch Court of Appeal to consider whether the taste of food products made by a company well-known in the Netherlands for its popular garlic and leek cheese spread, can qualify for copyright protection.

At first, this may seem a tad silly, but as post author Rebecca Pakenham-Walsh notes “It will be interesting to see whether the CJEU decides that the taste of a product could, in some circumstances, be considered a ‘work’ for the purposes of EU law , thus broadening the categories of works eligible for copyright protection under EU law thus broadening the categories of works eligible for copyright protection …”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

 

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