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Yoga, AstraZeneca, Intel, UN Treaty: Intellectual Property

A sequence of yoga poses cannot be copyrighted, a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled.

The Dec. 14 ruling resolves a dispute over whether Bikram’s Yoga College of India -- the chain of studios owned by Bikram Choudhury that offers yoga in a hot setting -- can receive U.S. copyright protection for yoga exercises. Bikram sued several yoga studios and their owners last year alleging that their use of his choice and order of poses violated his copyright.