While it does appear the U.S. Copyright Office has changed its tune about whether yoga poses can be trademarked, the lawyer for Bikram in his lawsuit against Yoga to the People is saying it doesn’t matter for their debate.
Robert Gilchrest points out that the Copyright Office has issued hundreds of copyrights for exercise videos.
“But now they’re saying they’re looking at it again and they’ve changed their mind?” he told Bloomberg news. “It is meaningless to this litigation.”
That’s obviously one side to the argument; we’ve seen pretty clearly what Greg Gumucio of Yoga to the People thinks.
I still suspect the final court ruling (and, if you are hoping to get some clarity around yoga’s freedom business-wise, you’ll want this to go to trial and for the two sides not to settle) will be what tells us where yoga as a business is headed.
Posted by Steve