Bikram, Yoga to the People settle copyright lawsuit

This story goes back a ways, but because it is one we covered, I want to put the final bow on it. Bikram Choudhury and Greg Gumucio of Yoga to the People, once Bikram’s right-hand man, have settled their lawsuits involving whether Gumucio was infringing on Bikram’s copyright for his yoga poses. ABC News had … Continue reading Bikram, Yoga to the People settle copyright lawsuit

Yoga to the People’s response to Bikram hinges on new copyright interpretation

Diving a little deeper into the Yoga to the People vs. Bikram issue, it looks like the key point to Greg Gumucio’s response is a new review by the U.S. Copyright Office that determines yoga and similar exercises can’t be copyrighted as “choreography”. Here’s the key section from Gumucio’s response, which we posted about earlier: … Continue reading Yoga to the People’s response to Bikram hinges on new copyright interpretation

Here is Yoga to the People’s answer to Bikram

I will let you decide if this is an historic moment for yoga. Greg Gumucio of Yoga to the People a few minutes ago filed his answer to the lawsuit brought against him by Bikram. What it seems to come down to is the difference between a copyright and a patent. “Bikram does not have … Continue reading Here is Yoga to the People’s answer to Bikram

Yoga to the People plan answer to Bikram in minutes, promises news that ‘borders on historic’

Apparently, a little glitch in the electronic filing of Yoga to the People’s response to the lawsuit from Bikram means it will happen around 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Friday. That’s more or less 12 midnight according to this blog’s clock. Here are two recent posts from YTTP’s Facebook page: From this morning: Today … Continue reading Yoga to the People plan answer to Bikram in minutes, promises news that ‘borders on historic’

Something about to break on the Bikram-Yoga to the People lawsuit?

Is something about to break on the Yoga to the People versus Bikram lawsuit? This from an hour ago on the YTTP Facebook page: Yoga To The People You will often hear people say, “we have won the battle, but we have not won the war!” I say to you today, the war has now … Continue reading Something about to break on the Bikram-Yoga to the People lawsuit?

Yoga to the People vows to fight Bikram lawsuit

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to aummmm-ble! We mentioned last week that Bikram had sued New York studio chain Yoga to the People for copyright infringement; it’s something Bikram has done before. Our reaction was to wonder about how Bikram’s officially licensed yoga differs from Guruji’s not officially but still very lineage-driven Ashtanga. Well, … Continue reading Yoga to the People vows to fight Bikram lawsuit

Bikram lawyer says new copyright ruling ‘meaningless’ to lawsuit

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. … Continue reading Bikram lawyer says new copyright ruling ‘meaningless’ to lawsuit

A little more on the Bikram-YTTP lawsuit, from the horse’s mouth

That horse’s mouth reference will make sense in a second. As we noted earlier, Bikram has filed another of his lawsuits charging someone with copying his copyrighted series of poses. It seems that, typically, these suits get settled. This time, it is seeming like Bikram maybe picked on the wrong guy. And that’s strange, since … Continue reading A little more on the Bikram-YTTP lawsuit, from the horse’s mouth

Encinitas yoga trial: ‘The purpose is to become one with Brahma’

Day two of the Encinitas yoga trial featured testimony from the opponents’ main expert witness: religious studies professor Candy Brown. Here’s the heart of things via the U-T San Diego’s coverage: “The purpose of Ashtanga yoga is to become one with Brahma,” she said, referring to a Hindu deity. Brown also said there is no … Continue reading Encinitas yoga trial: ‘The purpose is to become one with Brahma’

‘I want to take over the whole yoga world,’ and other tales from yoga coverage

I know not every one of our readers is a fan of my occasional quick-hit, here’s-what’s-happening, link-heavy posts. I bet even fewer of you are fans of my tendency to over-hyphenate. But two stories just landed in my inbox that I feel absolutely compelled to pass on to you, for three reasons: I’m swamped busy, … Continue reading ‘I want to take over the whole yoga world,’ and other tales from yoga coverage