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Dancing with Intellectual Property: A Presentation by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Dancing with Intellectual Property

On December 13th, 2019, BananaIP Counsels conducted a seminar titled "Dancing with Intellectual Property" at its office in Bangalore. The event was attended by dancers, performers, and dance instructors, and witnessed active exchanges on the need for IP awareness for those in the field. Dr. Kalyan, Managing Partner of BananaIP Counsels, started the session with a discussion on the different types of intellectual property that could exist in a dance performance, and how each form of IP could be protected. He elucidated the protectable elements in a dance performance, and the commercial and legal benefits of protecting each element, and how...

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

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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Bohemian Rhapsody Producer Eyes Michael Jackson Biopic, DISH Sues Six IPTV Services, Prince’s Estate Sued by Photographer and more

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Tamilrockers Leaks Hindi Version of Frozen 2; Bohemian Rhapsody Producer Sets Eye on Michael Jackson Biopic; Another Billion-Dollar Lawsuit Looms Over Spotify; DISH Files Copyright Infringement Suits Against Six IPTV Services; Prince’s Estate Faces Copyright Infringement Suit by Photographer and more. Tamilrockers Leaks Hindi Version of Frozen 2 Notorious piracy website Tamilrockers released the Hindi dubbed version of Frozen 2, Disney’s sequel to its 2013 animated blockbuster, within a day of its theatrical release. Voiced by actors Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Parineeti Chopra, the film is reportedly available on a number of sites. This is just the most recent of a string...

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Amitabh Bachchan’s Film Accused of Copyright Infringement, IPRS files FIR Against YRF, Madhubala’s Biopic by Imtiaz Ali Put on Hold and more

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Amitabh Bachchan’s Film Accused of Copyright Infringement; Supreme Faces Copyright Infringement Suit Over Camo Print; Nirvana Files Copyright Infringement Suit Against Marc Jacobs; IPRS files FIR Against YRF for Allegedly Duping Artists and Musicians; Jay Z Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit; Taylor Swift’s Former Label No Longer Blocking Her Live Performances; Madhubala’s Biopic by Imtiaz Ali Put on Hold and more. INTERNATIONAL NEWS Supreme Faces Copyright Infringement Suit Over Camo Print Supreme, the American designer clothing, is being sued for allegedly using a copyrighted camouflage print on a range of its clothing apparel. According to the complaint, filed by Montana-based fashion company ASAT Outdoors,...

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Netflix Wins Suit Against Pablo Escobar’s Girlfriend, New Hollywood Film to Digitally Recreate Late Actor James Dean, Ariana Grande’s $10 Million Suit Put on Hold and more

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Netflix Wins Suit Against Pablo Escobar’s Girlfriend; James Dean to be Brought Back from the Dead; Internet Service Providers Liable for Illegal Uploads and Downloads; Singapore Retailer Jailed over Devices Illegally Streaming Premier League Matches; Ariana Grande’s $10 Million Fight Against Forever 21 Paused; Chanel West Coast Sued by Sharon Stone Over “Sharon Stoned”; Tencent Wins Copyright Infringement Suit Against NetEase and more. Netflix Wins Suit Against Pablo Escobar’s Girlfriend Virginia Vallejo, the Columbian author, whose character was famously portrayed on the Netflix crime drama series chronicling the life of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, has lost a copyright suit against Netflix...

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Openload and Streamango Shut Down Due to Piracy, UK High Court Holds TuneIn Liable for Unauthorised Rebroadcasting, Biopic on Late Politician Jayalalitha Receives Court Notice, and more

Copyright and Entertainment Law News

Spinal Tap Creators and Vivendi Settle Legal Dispute; Openload and Streamango Shut Down Due to Piracy; UK High Court Holds TuneIn Liable for Unauthorised Rebroadcasting; Maserati Pulls Out of Taiwan Film Awards; US Copyright Office Releases New Informative Videos on YouTube; ‘Rustom’ Writer Sued for Allegedly Hurting Catholic Sentiments; Fresh Legal Hassles for Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Bala’; Bollywood Producer Sues Team Behind ‘Mere Dad ki Dulhan’ TV Show; Biopic on Late Politician Jayalalitha Receives Court Notice; and more.   International Copyright and Entertainment Law News 'Spinal Tap' Creators Settle Legal Dispute with Vivendi  The creators of rock music mock documentary 'This is Spinal Tap', Harry...

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