Beyonce May Get Sued For Copyright Infringement Because Of The Way She Danced

from the infringement-insanity dept

I have to admit that I still have trouble with the idea that choreography is subject to copyright. For the life of me, I can't figure out why that makes any sense. It's come up from time to time, such as when the "inventor" of "The Electric Slide" sought to pull down videos on YouTube. Then there were the heirs of a choreographer planning to go after dancers who don't pay to honor the choreographer's legacy, of course. The latest is a story making the rounds that famed singer Beyonce may be facing a copyright infringement lawsuit for a recent video. You can see the full video below, or just jump to the second video which compares some of her moves to a Belgian dance company, called Rosas, choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.


There's no doubt that it appears that there's a tiny portion of the Beyonce video that is inspired by the Rosas video. Historically, people would have referred to that as an homage, not as infringement, but welcome to the modern world. I'm curious, by the way, how anyone can now claim that this takes anything away from Rosas. It's not as if people will say "gee, I saw Beyonce dance like that, so I won't bother watching Rosas any more." Besides the "moves" in question seem pretty limited.

Also, the second half of the video seems to imply that some rather basic dance moves also belong to Rosas, which, if true, would make an awful lot of music videos infringing.

Filed Under: beyonce, choreography, copyright, dance moves, rosas


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    dancer, 10 Oct 2011 @ 2:28pm

    perhaps choreography is not copyrighted, but film certainly is no? She has not just taken choreography but also taken cinematography, costuming, and set design... maybe she should just give a couple of bucks (I am sure by now she has a few spare lying around) to Anne (the "ripped off" one). It would just be a lot more respectful. I was once in a show that Madonna came to watch. She liked a part so much that she BOUGHT it. The company was flown to LA to teach her and her dancers and got a fee - respectful no?
    just for fun watch these two in separate windows at the same time...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwsguexIyhw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxbrHPAa9mE

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