Should Yoga Postures & Exercises be Copyrighted?

"The ruling confirms what we've always believed. No one person or organization owns yoga or any type of yoga. It belongs to all of us." Mark Drost, Evolation Co-Founder In what seems like the anti-thesis of Yoga, a savage battle between Bikram Hot Yoga and a number of studios practicing “Hot Yoga”, U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright handed down a ruling last Friday that Bikram cannot claim copyright protection for the 26 yoga posture sequence and two breathing exercises he claims to have created. This ruling is monumental for the thousands of independent studios that offer “Hot” Yoga classes that may or may not use the 26 Bikram posture sequences. The judge went on to state: “even if the manner in which Choudhury arranged the sequence is unique, the sequence would not be copyrightable subject matter because individual yoga poses are not copyrightable subject matter.” In a further blow to the controversial Bikram founder the judgment also states that: copyrights protections only apply to his books and videos describing Bikram Yoga, not the performance of the asanas themselves. Yoga teachers "cannot be liable for copyright infringement for teaching, using or performing the sequence." What do you think about the outcome of the ruling? Should exercises be subject to copyright protection? YT2March28.png

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