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Claim: A forthcoming Jamie Oliver cookery book,
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is the force behind the popular BBC television programme
In July 2003, a 121-page Microsoft Word document (complete with a table of contents and full-color illustrations) began circulating on the Internet through
Fans of Jamie Oliver's might be a little puzzled why the kitchen wizard, who has already published books entitled The Naked Chef and The Return of the Naked Chef, would come out with a third work under the retro title
"It appears to be a type of pirated version of his many cook books," said Jess Ward, publicity director for Penguin Books in London. "Obviously, this is an infringement of Jamie's copyright so Penguin is pursuing it with authorities."(Although the Microsoft Word document is not a reproduction of a real Jamie Oliver book, we're not making it available here because it is composed of material taken from several of his copyright-protected works.)
"There's nothing original in the e-mail. It appears to come from a collection of his previous books," said Ward. "We're not concerned about the commercial impact."
Last updated: 30 October 2007
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