Quietly, after more than ten years of contentious lawsuits, Bikram Choudhury's copyright on the specific sequence of Bikram yoga has been overruled by the federal court. For the past year Bikram and his lawyers, the media, and the yoga community, have been focused on the legal warfare involving Greg Gumucio and Yoga to the People, a case that settled at the beginning of this month. At any given time the yoga guru has several lawsuits simmering on the back burner, and it was one of these cases which suddenly caught fire. On Friday, December 14, Mark Drost's motion for partial summary judgement was granted and marked the first time a court has definitively stated that the actual practice of Bikram yoga cannot be protected by copyright law.
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