New twist in Bikram Yoga copyright feuds

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  1. I’m absolutely disgusted that someone would take yoga, an art practiced in India for centuries and use it to his own personal gain. You cant “copyright” yoga. His 26 steps or whatever were stolen (or adapted) from somewhere else…public information, you could say. Like the Constitution or the Bhagavad Gita. You cant adapt it, and then copyright it and claim it as your own. Morally, its just wrong. Legally, he’s got some grounds however.

  2. A couple of notes from a Bikram certified teacher here. I think its really just a case of understanding really. So many people jump up on their moral high horse without really understanding the situation. Bikram hasn’t copyrighted the individual poses, just the series of the postures.
    I guess its just like music with the notes having been around for ever, but when you rearrange those notes into a song that song becomes yours and you can copyright it. If somebody makes a song too similar to yours that is copyright infringment. Legally, you can copyright movement and choreography the same way you copyright music. As far as morally speaking people seem to believe that Bikram want to own yoga. This is pretty much laughable concept. Bikram just wants people who are teaching Bikram yoga to teach it his way. I agree with the previous post in that yoga postures have been around for centuries and yes, they are public information, but when you design a specific series in a certain order with specific breathing and dialogue I think you have the moral right to protect the integrity that process.There are so many postures and types of yoga out there that to say that bikram wants to copyright yoga is downright ridiculous.
    personally, i view his yoga as a gift and while I understand the controversy surrounding Bikram in regards to his newspaper quotes, he is one of the most caring people I have ever met. he currently makes zero dollars from his hundreds of studios around the world so to think that the man is all about personal gain seems presumptious to me. Anyways, thats my two cents worth.

    Namaste

  3. Bikram is a pig. I can understand that he wants to make trademark his sequence, that’s fine. So people go to his school, get certified and are able to go off and teach bikram as they wish right? NO!!! He wants all the studios to be painted the same, he wants his pictures to adorn the walls, he even wants you to use his dialogue word for word. Have you read his dialogue? It isn’t even gramatically correct. You can’t have American’s talking like their fresh off the plane from India. It’s not enough he wants to copywrite it, make 5,000 dollars of his furure instructors. He wants to be a communist and rule over everyone. He is satan.

  4. Bikram is a pig. I can understand that he wants to m/a/k/e trademark his sequence, and that’s fine. So people go to his school, get certified and are able to go off and teach bikram as they wish, right? NO!!! He wants all the studios to be painted the same, he wants his pictures to adorn the walls, and he even wants you to use his dialogue word for word. Have you read his dialogue? It isn’t even g/r/a/m/a/t/i/c/a/l/l/y grammatically correct. You can’t have A/m/e/r/i/c/a/n/’s Americans t/a/l/k/i/n/g speaking like t/h/e/i/r they’re fresh off the plane from India. It’s not enough that he wants to copywrite it/, and make 5,000 dollars of his furure instructors. He wants to be a communist and rule over everyone. He is satan.

    Maybe if you had been schooled in India you would’ve learned correct English. -Editor

  5. Bikram is a pig. I can understand that he wants to m/a/k/e trademark his sequence, and that’s fine. So people go to his school, get certified and are able to go off and teach Bikram bikram as they wish, right? NO!!! He wants all the studios to be painted the same, h/e w/a/n/t/s his pictures to adorn the walls, and h/e even wants you to use his dialogue word for word. Have you read his dialogue? It isn’t even g/r/a/m/a/t/i/c/a/l/l/y grammatically correct. You can’t have A/m/e/r/i/c/a/n/’s Americans t/a/l/k/i/n/g speaking like t/h/e/i/r they’re fresh off the plane from India. It’s not enough that he wants to c/o/p/y/r/i/g/h/t copywrite it/, and make 5,000 dollars of his f/u/t/u/r/e/ furure instructors. He wants to be a C/o/m/m/u/n/i/s/t communist and rule over everyone. He is S/a/t/a/n satan.

    Maybe if you had been schooled in India you would’ve learned correct English. -Editor

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