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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Case Information

Case Title

Bikrams Yoga College of India LP et al v. Yoga to the People Inc et al

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit



Dolly M. Gee

Date Filed

September 27, 2011

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