Copyrighting Yoga Poses Is Too Much Of A Stretch

Law360, New York (March 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT) -- Fitness innovators who wish to protect their intellectual property may be sweating a bit more after a U.S. district court in Los Angeles told the founder of Bikram yoga he couldn’t copyright his famous yoga. (See Bikram’s Yoga College of India v. Evolation Yoga LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177671 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 14, 2012). Last December, District Judge Otis Wright declared that while the name attached to the specific sequence of poses could be protected, the famous yogacharya couldn’t prevent others from teaching and performing...
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