And What's The Deal With Copyright Misuse? Seinfeld Cookbook Doesn't Infringe
from the you-can't-copyright-an-idea dept
The latest such case involves Jessica Seinfeld, Jerry's wife, who published a cookbook, "Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food." It's a pretty straightforward idea, and apparently the book has done well. That upset the author of another book on the same topic, who had apparently pitched the book idea (and had it rejected) by the publisher of Seinfeld's cookbook -- so she sued for copyright infringement. But, again, copyright doesn't cover ideas -- something you would think her lawyer would understand. Thankfully, the judge quickly tossed the case, while also taking the time to issue a bit of a thumbs-down review of the cookbook by the woman suing:
"Lapine's cookbook is a dry, rather text-heavy work," Judge Laura Taylor Swain of Federal District Court wrote in her review, while Ms. Seinfeld's "cookbook has a completely different feel and appears to be directed to a different audience."On top of the ruling, interestingly, many people are recognizing that these types of lawsuits are really no more than PR stunts by the less-well-known author to jump on the publicity bandwagon of a best-selling author. Seinfeld's lawyers are claiming that the woman suing was just using the lawsuit as a publicity attempt, which is similar to what we've seen in other lawsuits like this one. That's why it makes sense to set up significant sanctions for actions like this, where it's clearly not a case of copyright infringement, and the lawsuit is almost certainly designed not to right some wrong, but to use the justice system as part of a PR campaign.