Blog: Jamie Oliver email scam

Catherine Sleep | 29 July 2003

As some of you may have noticed, an email purporting to contain an MS Word copy of Jamie Oliver's new cookbook is doing the rounds on the web. According to the email, some wally in the publisher's office sent it to a friend and before you could say "copyright violation" it was whizzing around cyberspace as fast as the pukka little chef himself whips up a feast for fifty.

I've been sent at least five copies now - please don't send me any more. For a start, it’s not his new book – he isn’t even working on one right now – but a collection of recipes from his earlier books. It is a breach of copyright, however, and as such is damaging to Oliver’s publisher Penguin Books. Book publishers are having a hard enough time right now without this kind of scam. So there.

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