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Friday Factoid: Does Copyright Law Protect A Sequence of Exercise Poses?

Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury and his company recently asked a federal appellate court to revive copyright claims previously filed against a yoga studio formed by Choudhury’s former students. Choudhury claims the “Bikram Sequence” of 26 yoga postures is both a compilation of works and a work of choreography, and therefore entitled to protection under copyright law. A lower court ruled the applicable copyrights protect Choudhury’s books and videos regarding the Bikram Sequence, but not the performance of the yoga poses referenced in such books and videos. Sources: Yoga Anonymous Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.