Recipe plagiarism and buying a high school: the week in commented articles

This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from The New York Times, read aloud by the journalists who wrote them.

US copyright law seeks to protect “original copyright works” by prohibiting the unauthorized copying of all kinds of creative material: sheet music, poetry, architectural works, paintings, and even software.

But the recipes are much more difficult to protect. This is the reason why they reappear frequently, often verbatim, in book or blog after blog.

Cookbook authors who believe their work has been plagiarized have few options beyond confronting the offender or posting their grievances online. “This is more of an ethical issue than a legal issue,” said Lynn Oberlander, a media lawyer in New York City.

It was therefore interesting to note that in October, the publisher of the prominent British chef Elizabeth Haigh’s cookbook “Makan” withdrew the book from circulation, citing “rights concerns”.

Written and narrated by Alex Williams

In 2020, the birth rate in the United States fell for the sixth consecutive year, a drop of four percent that would be accelerated by the pandemic.

While spiraling housing costs, the burden of college debt, and the so-called sexual recession for millennials are factors in family planning for many people, existential threats are now part of the calculus of childbearing as well.

A rise in political extremism, at home and abroad. A pandemic that has killed more than five million people. Thousand-year-old floods which have almost destroyed towns in Western Europe. The wildfires on the west coast that take on unimaginable proportions every summer. Faced with such alarming news, some future parents wonder: how harmful can it be to bring a child into this environment?

In today’s complex content ecosystem, studios are spending more and more to bring mainstream audiences to theaters with blockbuster franchise movies, while streaming platforms are primarily trying to keep their fragmented audiences glued together. to their services by offering niche content.

In the midst of this, teen comedies might not have consistent commercial potential for studios. Jeremy Garelick, 46, screenwriter, director and producer, believed that if it could deliver a constant stream of movies, a streaming service would surely bite. And if he found a place where he could take advantage of tax incentives granted by local governments, his dollars would go further and he could benefit from the support of the local community.

First of all, he needed a school, something brick and majestic, both inhabited but also easily adaptable to any high school scene. He thought of the basic sets in almost all teenage comedies: a school gymnasium, cafeteria, classrooms, hallways, auditorium.

Eventually, he found an old school outside of Syracuse, NY, and turned it into American High, a production hub for cheap movies for streaming platforms.

Written and narrated by André Keh

The rewards for international sports leagues and organizations are obvious: lucrative broadcast deals, abundant sponsorship opportunities, and millions of new consumers.

The risks are also obvious: compromising values, public relations nightmares and the general atmosphere of opacity.

For years, organizations have surveyed the Chinese market, measured these factors, and come up with the same basic calculations: that the advantages of doing business there outweighed the possible disadvantages. The NBA could turn into a humiliating political crisis based on a single tweet, and rich contracts could disappear overnight, but China, they believed, was a potential gold mine. And for this reason, leagues, teams, governing bodies and athletes have twisted themselves to have the slightest chance to tap into it.

But recent events may have changed that way of thinking for good, and they’ve raised a new question: is doing business in China still worth it?

Written and narrated by Michael kimmelman

Almost a decade after Hurricane Sandy, the people of Lower Manhattan are still vulnerable to rising waters. Across the country, there are challenges of similar size that demand significant, solid and rapid responses. There is of course climate change, which is causing extreme weather conditions and rising seas, but there is also a shortage of affordable housing, a poor electricity grid, a lack of broadband access, systems. public transport failures – the list goes on.

The recent passage of a $ 1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill is a big step towards addressing some of these issues. However, even when money is at hand, our convoluted systems often make it difficult, if not impossible, to find consensus and work at the speed and scale required.

The Times narrated articles are written by Tally Abecassis, Parin Behrooz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Aaron Esposito, Elena Hecht, Adrienne Hurst, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Tanya Pérez, Krish Seenivasan, Margaret H Willison, Kate Winslett, John Woo and Tiana Young. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.

Amanda J. Marsh