The museum’s refusal to acknowledge the source of their “art-inspired desserts” is completely legal; intellectual property laws rarely apply in the food world outside of mass manufactured food. (It’s also difficult to copyright necessary everyday items, such as food, clothing, and even furniture.) NPR spoke with Naomi Beckman-Straus, an intellectual property attorney in Los Angeles, who said, "Recipes are not copyrightable, nor are methods of cooking, and ideas are never copyrightable. So the idea of making desserts inspired by artworks could not be copyrighted.” But there is no real reason they couldn’t be copyrighted. She continues, “Because our legal system works on precedent, a lot of it is just that it's generally accepted that there's no copyright protection for restaurant dishes or food."