This just in from Yoga Buzz, a blog on YogaJournal.com.
Bikram Choudhury can no longer claim to hold a copyright to the popular 26-pose sequence thanks to a federal court ruling, putting an end to an issue that’s been debated in the yoga community for decades.
“Even if the manner in which Choudhury arranged the sequence is unique, the sequence would not be copyrightable subject matter because individual yoga poses are not copyrightable subject matter,” wrote U.S. District Judge Otis Wright in his December 14 ruling, as reported by Bloomberg. Wright added that it is possible to hold a copyright on works such as books, DVDs, and photographs, however.
What implications might this have for copyright issues that might arise in the Anusara diaspora, I wonder?
- City Room: Yoga to the People to Stop Offering Hot Yoga to Settle Bikram Suit (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Bikram, Yoga to the People settle copyright lawsuit (theconfluencecountdown.com)
- Bikram Yoga Guru Settles Copyright Suit (abcnews.go.com)
- The Hot Yoga War’s Messy End: Why Yoga to the People Won’t Be Teaching Bikram Yoga Anymore (blogs.villagevoice.com)
- Sorry, You Can’t Copyright Hot Yoga (bostinno.com)
- ‘Hell-Bent,’ by Benjamin Lorr (nytimes.com)
- Tuesday Groovesday: Vinyasa and Bikram (beachybrunette.com)