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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 11 Oct 2011 @ 7:14am

    Re: I don't buy it

    I guess you totally missed that the whole song was made up of parts from other artists, lyrics, dance moves....THE WHOLE SONG.

    Killing me softly - written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel, for no one specifically, although others have covered it (Roberta Flack being the biggest hit).

    And I'm still Fallin' - I recognize this lyric, but can't quite place where it comes from.

    Still the one I need - I thought of Shania Twains song, but that might not be right either.

    I will always be with you - All dogs go to heaven, or Sheena Easton, take your pick.

    The curled up lip at :23 - a take off Rhianna (one of her signature moves)

    (we be makin love in (R Kelly) 5)

    Seriously.....break each piece down. The whole thing is a mash up. I would say that until Beyonce did that dance, no one outside of a select group of people had even heard of Rosas.

    Now the only thing they are going to be associated with is trolling, instead of 'omg, we got exposure!'.

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