Wednesday, August 9, 2006

copyright and yoga . . .

From U.S. Law Week:  "A sequence of yoga poses may be protectable as a copyrightable compilation, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held April 1 [2005]. The court acknowledged that it seems "inappropriate, and almost unbelievable, that a sequence of yoga positions could be any one person's intellectual property." However, it said, copyright protection would be available if the trier of fact were to determine that enough individual yoga poses were arranged in a sufficiently creative manner. Open Source Yoga Unity v. Choudhury, N.D. Cal., No. C 03-3182 PJH, 4/1/05. 69 BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal 589."

The parties settled shortly thereafter, so the case never went to trial.

Time to gear up for writing those fact patterns!!


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