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Pictures of food and chefs' intellectual property

A quick scan through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram instantly reveals the modern social infatuation with photographing food and meals. Users are particularly likely to show off food they've made themselves or a meal that impressed them at a restaurant. This latter case actually raises questions of intellectual property, according to The Guardian.

Certain chefs in France's Michelin-starred restaurants are opposed to patrons posting photographs of their culinary creations. Gilles Goujon, from three-starred restaurant L'Auberge du vieux puits in the south of France, told France TV in an interview that sharing pictures of meals there is not only rude but that it takes away "a little bit of my intellectual property."

A chef at La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil has even instituted a no-cameras policy at his restaurant.

It's not only French chefs who feel this way, either. U.S. chef RJ Cooper, from Rouge 24 in Washington, D.C., is also opposed to the practice.

"They publish food photos without your consent, which is taking intellectual property away from the restaurant," Cooper said. "And also, generally, the photographs are terrible. If you're publishing something in a public forum without written consent, that's problematic."

To date, no restaurant has shown it was harmed in any way by amateur food photographers, according to The Guardian.

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Peter Ackerman

Peter Ackerman

Founder & CEO, Innovation Asset Group, Inc.