Your Food Porn Instagram Photos are Technically Copyright Infringement

By Tom Pritchard on at

Snapping photos of your food before a meal has become a way of life for many people, and is seen as an annoying habit by others, but did you know that technically it's a form of copyright infringement?

According to Germany it is. According to German newspaper Die Welt, the food you're so casually sharing photos of isn't actually yours to share. The copyright lies with the chef who prepared the meal for you.

That means, legally, before you snap a picture of your exquisitely arranged food in a famous restaurant you have to ask the permission of the master chef. Then, if television is anything to go by, they'll probably scream until you run away. T

he paper makes it clear that at the moment the worst you can get is a copyright takedown notice, but as The Telegraph points out it could set a precedent for angry chefs across the world.

It's a tricky situation. It's true that the final meal is the chef's art, and that having someone faff about on a phone is irritating and could lead to the food going cold. But if the restaurant is mentioned by name, then that picture is basically free advertising. Still, Germany has made up its mind.

So if you plan on going to Germany, remember not to share a bunch of pictures of your food. You're also better off playing it safe by not doing it at all. [Die Welt via The Telegraph] Featured Image: Food photography on smartphone via Shutterstock