In my last posting, I began discussing the book Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. I noted that while I saw no copyright issues with respect to Julie Powell’s discussion of Julia Child’s recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I did see other rights issues.
The real rights issue with respect to Julie and Julia is right of publicity. Julia Child’s estate could have accused Powell and her publisher of using Julia Child’s name and persona to promote Powell’s book. Julia Childs name forms part of the book title. Also, there’s a book promotional trailer that includes Julia Child’s image. As an aside, I highly recommend viewing the trailer which you can find here. It is hysterical and very well-done.