I'm a food blogger and am curious about my recipes on your Trending Recipes web page. What is it?
We have many bloggers that use MasterCook. See TastingSpoons.
We also have many websites that contact us asking how to get their recipes onto our Trending Recipes web page too, such as Food 52.
It is called Trending Recipes because it is a list of websites our customers are currently visiting (trending). It shows a brief description of a recipe with a link to the source website where people can go to view the entire recipe and all photos at the author's web page. It's like guest blogs.
An algorithm reads the html of the source web page to show only the recipe title, photo, and ingredients to show a sample of the recipe which of course requires the person to go to your website to view the entire recipe. This is very similar to Google Recipes:
Trending Recipes is nothing more than a list of links to recipes that our users have visited on other websites. Click on any recipe there. Notice the page that loads only shows part of the recipe. Notice in order to view the entire recipe you MUST click on the link to the source website that says View the Full Recipe at [name of website].
Usually when bloggers find we are actually directing people to their website, they don't mind and actually appreciate the traffic being sent their way. However, if you would like us to remove links to your web pages we would certainly be happy to do that. Please contact us in MasterCook Support and give us your website address, so we can take care of it for you.
What does the US government say about this? Read this article.
A mere listing of ingredients is not protected under copyright law. However, where a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a collection of recipes as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection. Note that if you have secret ingredients to a recipe that you do not wish to be revealed, you should not submit your recipe for registration, because applications and deposit copies are public records. See Circular 33, Works Not Protected by Copyright.
Does copyright protect recipes? Read this article.