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Yoga Sequence is not Dance Choreography for Copyright Protection

Yoga Sequence is not Dance Choreography for Copyright Protection

Bikram Choudhury, a self-proclaimed yoga guru, published a book in 1979 entitled 'Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class', which contained a sequence for promoting wellbeing and energy levels, among others. His book contained twenty six yoga asanas and two breathing exercises selected, arranged and organised in a sequence. The sequence is required to be performed at 105 degree Fahrenheit to produce optimum results. Though the yoga poses were based on Hatha Yoga, Bikram claimed that he developed specific poses in a sequence to provide health benefits, and urged readers of his book to practice them in the order provided. He registered a...

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Novartis Trademark JALRA to be acquired for 200 crores, Private Company Acquires .Org Registry and more

Trademark News

Novartis Trademark JALRA to be acquired for 200 crores, Injunction against Nike’s slogan, and more, brought to you by the Trademark Attorneys at BananaIP (BIP) Counsel. INDIAN TRADEMARK UPDATES USV to acquire JALRA trademark for 200 crores USV Pvt Ltd, Mumbai based drugmaker is in advanced discussions to acquire the trademark 'JALRA', the anti-diabetic drug from Novartis, for a deal valued at over 200 crores. JALRA in isolation or in combination is used to treat type II diabetes in patients. JALRA contains Vildagliptin; the patent for the same, owned by Novartis is set to expire in a month. Thus we can expect to...

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655 Registration Certificates Issued this Week, 7738 New Trademark Applications Filed this Week and more

655 Registration Certificates Issued this Week, 28% Increase in total applications disposed through show cause hearings, and more. These statistics have been compiled from the official journal of the trademark office published weekly on Mondays. INDIAN TRADEMARK STATISTICS Last week, the Indian Trademark Office had an overall increase in its working capacity as can be seen from the statistics in the table below. The total number of registrations granted has increased by twelve percent (12%). Similarly, the total number of applications published in the trademark journal have increased by twenty six percent (26%), with a decrease of thirty three percent (33%) in...

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Can Photographs infringe Dance Choreography Copyright?

Can Photographs infringe Dance Choreography Copyright?

Can you take photographs of a dance performance and publish them in an article or a book? This question came up before a US Court in the 1980s, a few years after choreography was added as a copyrightable work under the US Copyright Law. The case related to a popular choreographic work of George Balanchine, a renowned ballet master. Balanchine choreographed his own version of the ballet The Nutcracker, set to music by Tchaikovsky. The Nutcracker was a very popular ballet, and was performed by the New York City Ballet Company every christmas season. Tickets for all shows were always...

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The Fight for Martha Graham’s Copyrights and Trademarks in Technique, Style, Choreography, Sets, Jewellery, Costumes and Music

The Fight for Martha Graham's Copyrights and Trademarks in Technique, Style, Choreography, Sets, Jewellery, Costumes and Music.

Martha Graham is well known for her modern dance technique, choreography, sets, costumes, jewellery and other creative work, and she is today a legend in dance circles. Her unique technique and style is referred to as Martha Graham Technique or Graham's Technique after her name. Martha Graham was quite protective of her creative work, and allowed very few dance companies to perform her choreographies during her life time. In her effort to finance her creative work and promote/disseminate her technique/style, Martha Graham formed Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance ("Centre") and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance ("School"). Both of...

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Cyber Monday Sales Amount to USD 9.4 billion, The Scheme of Differentiation Brought to You by Apple Music, Instagram to Verify Ages of New Users and more

E commerce and Licensing

India’s Position Improves on B2C eCommerce Index; Smart Phone Sales Amount to USD 9.4 Billion spent on Cyber Monday; Setback to Pharmaceutical Sales Online; The Scheme of Differentiation Brought to You by Apple Music; Instagram to Verify Ages of New Users; BBC’s CBeebies Now Available on Voot Kids App; Michelin Guide, Trip Advisor and its Subsidiary: A Strategic Alliance; Jay-Z's music back on Spotify after Two Year Hiatus and more. India’s Position Improves on B2C eCommerce Index The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Business-to Consumer (B2C) eCommerce index 2019 pegs India in the 73rd position out of the 152...

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Genius Files Suit Against Google and Lyricfind, Spotify Faces Multiple Lawsuits,Photographer Sues Pinterest for IP Violations and more

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Music Website Genius Files Suit Against Google and Lyricfind; Jay-Z Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against Publisher; Spotify Faces Multiple Lawsuits for Infringement and Deceptive Trade Practices; Photographer Sues Pinterest for Intellectual Property Violations; Netflix Faces Copyright Infringement Suit in Light of Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator; Bajirao’s Descendent Files Suit Against Panipat; Legal Notice Sent to Censor Board and Filmmakers of Mardaani 2 and more. Music Website Genius Files Suit Against Google and Lyricfind Lyricfind and Google are being sued by popular music lyric website Genius for anti- competitive practices and breach of contract. The issue came to the forefront when Genius...

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Patent office examines 3500 patent applications in one week! New record?

weekly patent news - Patent statistics

This week’s Patent & Design data has been compiled from the Official Journal of the Patents and Designs Office published by the patent office on the 6th of December 2019. These statistics are presented to you by the Patent attorneys and experts of BananaIP Counsels, India’s leading Intellectual Property Firm. Indian Patent Statistics A total of 1480 patent applications have been published in the 49th issue of the Patent Journal, 2019. Out of the 1480 applications published in the journal, 236 applications account for early publications while 1244 applications account for ordinary publications or publications occurring after the 18 – month period. A...

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Dance’s Literary and Dramatic Aspects: From Yakshagana Ballet to Yaksharanga


Academy of General Edu., Manipal Vs. Malini Mallya In a case involving Yakshagana, a form of ballet dance, the Supreme Court pointed out that literary and dramatic works acquire distinctive protection under the Indian Copyright Act. It stated that script of a drama acquires protection as a literary work, and that includes dramatic literature in its fold. However, dance, choreography, scenic arrangements and other aspects of ballet like works will be considered as dramatic works. Simply put, the script of a play is copyrightable as a literary work, and the movements, acting, choreography and arrangements are protectable as dramatic works. The case...

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Electronic filing of PPH request commences at IPO, Indian patent office to be at par with USPTO and more

India and foreign patent news

In this week’s Patent News - Electronic filing of PPH request commences on 5th December 2019, 70 requests already filed; Indian Government to establish IPO based on the model of USPTO; CII publishes unique report on using IP as collateral at the 5th edition of the annual IP Conference; Sisvel and Spotify enter into patent licensing agreement; InterDigital files patent infringement lawsuit against Huawei; Avanci signs patent licensing agreement with Volvo Cars; Hong Kong hosts 9th edition of Business of IP Asia Forum; GCC Patent Office launches new search platform for Patents and other news updates. INDIA PATENT NEWS Electronic filing of...

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