I understand that it is commonly believed that cooking recipes and "software recipes" (source codes) differ from other kinds of potentially-computer-memorized-data (such as a romantic song or a romantic book and so forth).

How does a cooking recipe and a software recipe (source code) differ from other kinds of data in general and works of art in particular?
Why are they more subjected to "copyleft" approaches than, say - songs, books, movies and series?

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    Do you have any evidence that they are more subject to "copyleft approaches"? I've seen repositories of Creative Commons-licensed video / audio / musical / literary content.
    – MadHatter
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 13:02
  • I don't buy this claim for cooking recipes. For source code this could be true, but what means "more subjected to"? How do you measure this?
    – Doc Brown
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 15:43
  • @MadHatter I never heard of copyright infringements in the context of recipes and source codes as I have in the context of books, images, videos, songs, etc. People might say "this is my recipe" or "this is software" and might even sue but not in the same magnitude from my experience.
    – yolorolo
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 16:43
  • @DocBrown my reply above.
    – yolorolo
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 16:43
  • @yolorolo I'm sorry, you've never heard of copyright infringement in source code? Try SCO vs. Novell, for a start, and believe me, there is much, much more. I agree that copyright violation is alleged much less often with respect to recipes, but people do still try it.
    – MadHatter
    Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 6:09


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