‘Reviving the Goat: Copyrighting Creative Plating’

“Reminiscent of a bespattered Herman Nitsch painting, splashes of a red sauce emanate from a lamb chop in Chef Gaggan Anand’s dish ‘Who Killed the Goat?’. Set on a severe, square plate with raised, winged edges, the singed meat and blood-red splatters are a bright contrast. Though it presents only a few elements, the dish is visually striking. It is gruesome. Evocative of the killing process. Irreverent. Despite being as creative as a sculpture or painting of the same design, there is currently no clear copyright protection for the artistic plating of Chef Anand’s dish …” (more)

[Jessica Ogden, California Law Review Blog, May]

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