Whose Recipe is it, Anyway?

We don't provide recipes


Plan to Eat allows our customers to store their recipes online and access them from any device with an internet connection. Plan to Eat is not a recipe publisher or aggregator. We do not automatically scrape the web like a search engine and publish those recipes to our audience. The only recipes contained in Plan to Eat are the recipes that our customers add to their account, which are never published by us.

We don't own or share our customer's recipes

  1. Plan to Eat will not publish or distribute recipes that belong to our customers in any way. From our Terms of Use: “Your profile and all Content (recipes, images, feedback, and other information) added to your account remain yours. We claim no intellectual property rights over the Content you provide. Plan to Eat does not preview Content, but we have the right (while unlikely) to refuse or remove any content at any time.”
  2. Recipes added to a Plan to Eat account are unpublished by default. They are only available to that Plan to Eat user’s account until they choose to share them using the link (url), or by making them visible to Friends within Plan to Eat. If the recipe was imported from another website, the recipe directions will be missing to the one to whom the recipe is shared and can only be made visible to them when they visit the original website (see image below).
  3. Any recipe in Plan to Eat can be marked as Private. Private recipes can only be viewed by the Plan to Eat account owner, and cannot be accessed by a shared web address (URL) or by Plan to Eat Friends.
  4. Plan to Eat asks search engines not to index any of our customer’s recipes so that they will never show up in search results.

US Copyright laws about recipes (FL-122)


"Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook."

We go beyond the copyright laws to protect recipe authors


We love food, and we love authors that love food. In partnership with those authors we have adopted the following practices to protect their intellectual property:

  1. Plan to Eat users are responsible for the content they choose to put into their Recipe Books. Plan to Eat does not monitor content submitted by our customers, but we do reserve the right to refuse or remove any content at any time. 
  2. Recipes imported into Plan to Eat from other websites contain a permanent link back to the original source recipe. This provides a stamp of ownership to the original author and helps Plan to Eat users find more recipes from that author.
  3. When a recipe that has been imported from another website is shared, either publicly using a link (URL) or viewed within Plan to Eat using the Friends tab, the viewer of that recipe may see the listing of ingredients, but must visit the original website to view the directions (see image below). Once they visit the original website the directions will appear to them in Plan to Eat.

These methods ensure that the original recipe author receives the traffic and recognition that they deserve, while introducing their recipes to a broader audience through Plan to Eat.

Additional privacy for recipe authors


If you are a recipe author and would like additional privacy for your content, let us know by emailing support@plantoeat.com. We will add your website to our Permanent Private list. Recipes imported from your website will only be visible to the Plan to Eat user that imported it and cannot be made public or shared in any way.