You went to that cool new restaurant - you know, the one with the fusion food, the fancy plating, and the trendy ambiance. You get your meal, and damn, that 'duck confit grilled cheese' is going to make your entire social network drool with envy.
So you take a picture, right? Wrong. Or, at least, if the German government has any say.
As of this week, Germany - arguably the authority on niche porn in general - has ruled that patrons who take a picture of their food without prior consent from the restaurant are infringing on the house chef's intellectual property.
According to national newspaper Die Welt, the law was decided as follows:
In individual cases, shared pictures may be illegal. At worst, a copyright warning notice might come fluttering to the social media user. For carefully-arranged food in a famous restaurant, the cook is regarded as the creator of a work. Before it can be made public on Facebook & Co., permission must first be asked of the master chef.
The argument began with a 2013 German court ruling that widened copyright law to include applied arts. As a result, it became much easier for chefs to sue those who posted photographs of their food without permission.
This ban also applies even when the same food is unartistically dumped on a plate if a restaurant owner puts up a notice refusing permission for photos to be taken of its food.
I don't even know why I care about the fact this happened so much when realistically, I'm really not planning a trip to Germany any time soon. However, there's a voice inside of me - probably my stomach - that's currently responding in the following manner: