'Food porn' photos made illegal in Germany

Court ruling says elaborate food to be artistic property of creator

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Germany Just Made Food Porn Illegal
Germany is doing its part to end the 'food porn' obsession by making it illegal. And it's all to do with copyright.

Pictures of meals served with the #foodporn hashtag may be popular on social media networks across the globe, but that is irrelevant to Germany's legal system.

The nation's Federal Court of Justice recently extended its copyright protections to include 'elaborately arranged foods', and ruled them to be the artistic property of its creator.

Essentially, this means that you'll need to ask the chef's permission before taking and uploading a picture of your latest meal.

So, in order to show off the culinary creation beyond the restaurant walls, you'd need the chef to okay it - even if the photo is just for Instagram or a blog and not intended for commercial use.

However, a German legal services website, Anwalt.de, wrote in a post this week that whether or not a meal is considered 'art' depends on the meal's design.

That means that posting a photo of your fast food takeaway, for example, is not likely to be a problem.

Restaurants allowed to forbid photos

Still, the website suggests being cautious - especially if you're frequenting an establishment that falls somewhere between world-class and worker's cafe.

"If you want to be absolutely on the safe side, you should probably ask the host or the chef," the website reads.

As it stands, however, there's been no precedent set of a chef actually suing someone for taking a photo of their food.

But diners should remember that even if they don't run the risk of copyright infringement, restaurants are still allowed to forbid them from snapping pics at dinner, reports the Daily Mail.