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I Worry That My Restaurant Will Steal My Recipes

Dear Grub Street,
I'm curious if you've heard goings-on about chefs selling their recipes to the restaurants where they work. I'm in the industry and coming across a situation where this could come up. Does this happen? Or are there chefs that walk away from recipes they've created and just leave them with the restaurants where they worked? Your inside knowledge is much appreciated.
A Creator

Steal This Album

If the current Google-versus- Viacom clash of the titans didn't already convince you that the very notion of copyright is sinking, here's another leak it sprung. Egged on by Apple chief Steve Jobs, EMI has become the first major label to chuck copy protection in its digital dealings. The music company — which controls music by Pink Floyd and Coldplay (and the Beatles, still conspicuously absent from iTunes) — will sell its wares on Jobs's virtual record store as straight-up MP3s, without the annoying add-ons that make the files playable on a limited number of devices. In the short run, this will create an unholy mess of mixed-format libraries. In the long run, it's a victory for the progressive Googlethink encapsulated by Clive Thompson in this week's magazine: "If everything is promiscuously available digitally, and easily findable, this will be a cosmic win-win for everyone."