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 …”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.