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heavy handed yoga guru Bikram cannot copyright yoga posture

While Drost's case is still ongoing, Friday's ruling will have a huge impact on the lawsuit. Judge Otis D. Wright, II, based his judgement on the copyright office's revised position this June stating that as a functional system (which promotes physical and mental benefits) yoga postures cannot be registered for copyright.

"There is a distinction between a creative work that compiles a series of exercises and the compilation of exercises itself," Wright wrote in his judgement. "The former is copyrightable, the latter is not." While the ideas and facts expressed within Bikram's books and videos are still protected under his authorship, Wright decided that the actual practice of those ideas is not protected. As a result Drost, Gumucio, and the numerous other studio owners who have been sued for copyright infringement, are no longer able to be prosecuted under that charge. Other charges, however, may still be viable.

"If you go back in history, it is not like Bikram is the first heavy handed yoga guru," Drost said, "But he may be the last of that breed. Some would say there are no Indians left in yoga, but I think it is actually very powerful."

--- a functional system (which promotes physical and mental benefits) yoga postures cannot be registered for copyright - federal judge ruling


ideas and facts expressed within Bikram's books and videos are still protected under his authorship
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