Yoga Guru Can't Copyright Exercises, Former Pupil Claims

Law360, New York (December 12, 2011, 1:34 PM EST) -- The owner of a chain of yoga studios argued Friday before a California federal court that guru Bikram Choudhury's suit alleging his former pupil breached a contract by teaching his proprietary yoga system doesn't hold up under modern-day copyright laws.

In his answer to Choudhury's lawsuit, Yoga to the People Inc. founder Gregory Gumucio pointed to a letter penned last week by the U.S. Copyright Office's Performing Arts Division's acting chief that confirmed that yoga exercise sequences do not qualify as protectable choreography under U.S. law....
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