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Evolving Rights Issuesin Dance Materials<br />Arlene YuPratt M-LEAD SymposiumMarch 17, 2011<br />
I AM NOT A<br />LAWYER<br />
Nothing I say here should be taken as legal advice, or as a legal opinion.<br />
Copyright basics<br />Specific types of works<br />Fixed in a tangible medium<br />No artistic quality necessary<br />Mini...
Rights under copyright<br />Duplicate and distribute<br />Perform or display<br />Make derivatives<br />
Length of copyright<br />For hire<br />Creation date<br />Published<br />Publication date<br />Notice and registration<br />
– Peter Hirtle     http://goo.gl/qpAHt<br />
Copyright owner of the Electric Slide?<br />
“I don't want future generations having to learn it wrong and then relearn it . . . because of certain sites and [people] ...
A more recent dance routine<br />
Homage<br />
Parody<br />
Copyright infringement?<br />
Choreography wasn’t copyrightable until the 1976 Copyright Act went into effect<br />
First protected work<br />
Copyrighted choreographers<br />(though they didn’t all personally own the copyright)<br />
“Fixing” choreography<br />
“two . . . company members had learned the choreography from a dancer who sets OhadNaharin’s work, and knew the impulses f...
“choreography emphasizes purpose, idiosyncrasies and action. . . . Naharin’schoreography — dances which are visually pleas...
Beyonce's Sticky Fingers Steal From "Fosse Hands" Again<br />Beyonce, Still Up To Her Same Old Sham Antics<br />Beyonce’s ...
In terms of copyright,what constitutes choreography?<br />
What is copyrighted?<br />
“I don't want future generations having to learn it wrong and then relearn it . . . because of certain sites . . . that ha...
What gets pursued doesn’t always make sense<br />
Contracts, not copyright<br />in the dance community<br />oooh.oooh on flickr.com<br />
Access issues<br />at the New York Public Library<br />https://catalog.nypl.org/record=b12161333~S99<br />https://catalog....
oooh.oooh on flickr.com<br />
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  1. 1. Evolving Rights Issuesin Dance Materials<br />Arlene YuPratt M-LEAD SymposiumMarch 17, 2011<br />
  2. 2. I AM NOT A<br />LAWYER<br />
  3. 3. Nothing I say here should be taken as legal advice, or as a legal opinion.<br />
  4. 4. Copyright basics<br />Specific types of works<br />Fixed in a tangible medium<br />No artistic quality necessary<br />Minimum creativity<br />
  5. 5. Rights under copyright<br />Duplicate and distribute<br />Perform or display<br />Make derivatives<br />
  6. 6. Length of copyright<br />For hire<br />Creation date<br />Published<br />Publication date<br />Notice and registration<br />
  7. 7. – Peter Hirtle http://goo.gl/qpAHt<br />
  8. 8. Copyright owner of the Electric Slide?<br />
  9. 9.
  10. 10. “I don't want future generations having to learn it wrong and then relearn it . . . because of certain sites and [people] that have been teaching it incorrectly and without my permission. That's the reason I [copyrighted] it in the first place.”<br />– Ric Silver<br />
  11. 11. A more recent dance routine<br />
  12. 12. Homage<br />
  13. 13. Parody<br />
  14. 14.
  15. 15. Copyright infringement?<br />
  16. 16. Choreography wasn’t copyrightable until the 1976 Copyright Act went into effect<br />
  17. 17. First protected work<br />
  18. 18. Copyrighted choreographers<br />(though they didn’t all personally own the copyright)<br />
  19. 19.
  20. 20. “Fixing” choreography<br />
  21. 21. “two . . . company members had learned the choreography from a dancer who sets OhadNaharin’s work, and knew the impulses for certain actions. When these dancers performed with the rest of the cast they looked so different from the others on stage that [she] needed to change [her] idea.”<br />
  22. 22. “choreography emphasizes purpose, idiosyncrasies and action. . . . Naharin’schoreography — dances which are visually pleasing, kinetically driven – is motored by ideas as well as movements.”<br />– Kate Mattingly, stealthisdance.com<br />
  23. 23. Beyonce's Sticky Fingers Steal From "Fosse Hands" Again<br />Beyonce, Still Up To Her Same Old Sham Antics<br />Beyonce’s New Video Rips Off Bob Fosse<br />Beyonce Grave<br />Robs Bob Fosse<br />
  24. 24. In terms of copyright,what constitutes choreography?<br />
  25. 25. What is copyrighted?<br />
  26. 26. “I don't want future generations having to learn it wrong and then relearn it . . . because of certain sites . . . that have been teaching it incorrectly. . . . That's the reason I [copyrighted] it in the first place.”<br />= moral rights<br />
  27. 27. What gets pursued doesn’t always make sense<br />
  28. 28. Contracts, not copyright<br />in the dance community<br />oooh.oooh on flickr.com<br />
  29. 29. Access issues<br />at the New York Public Library<br />https://catalog.nypl.org/record=b12161333~S99<br />https://catalog.nypl.org/record=b16004327~S99<br />https://catalog.nypl.org/record=b15594049~S99<br />
  30. 30. oooh.oooh on flickr.com<br />
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