My friend Melissa over at Alosha's Kitchen recently had an interesting experience that I think all food bloggers should know about. The post is here. Please read it and chime in on the discussion.
As a side note, I find this particularly interesting because I've always been a fan of Cook's Country recipes, highlighting them often on my blog. In fact, the recipe that started all this hubbub in the first place is one that Melissa got from me and decided to make after seeing me rave about it time and again. It's one of my favorite recipes - All-American Potato Salad.
Her post provides some much-needed food for thought. The post goes into all legalities and such, but my take on this is simple - it is my belief that the ATK/CI/CC empire could avoid all this negative publicity if they just made their recipes free. Then all the blogging world would simply link to the ATK/CI/CC websites and drive traffic there. They could keep other aspects of the site paid (the tasting lab, equipment ratings, etc) but the recipes would be free. I'm sure people would pay for the other stuff and the traffic being driven to the site from the recipes might even...gasp...encourage someone to subscribe to the site for the other info.
It's good to know that this issue is being talked about throughout the blogging community. We're a tight-knit group and word spreads fast. It'll be interesting to see where this leads.