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Yoga Poses Can't Be Copyrighted, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (December 17, 2012, 1:23 PM EST) -- A California federal judge ruled Friday that a series of yoga poses cannot be copyrighted, dismissing infringement claims against a chain of studios that offered Bikram Choudhury's hot yoga system without his permission.

U.S. District Judge Otis Wright said Evolation Yoga LLC couldn't be held liable for infringement for teaching or performing Choudhury's system — a popular 26-position yoga sequence performed in a 105-degree room.

Echoing a U.S. Copyright Office policy paper released this summer about the issue of yoga sequences, the judge ruled Choudhury's copyrights cover only his books and videos describing his system, not the actual performance of the...

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