The U. S. District Court in Los Angeles ruled that yoga poses cannot be subject to copyright in a business litigation case between a yoga college in India and several yoga studios in various cities. The U. S. Copyright Office had already ruled that a sequence of yoga poses could not be copyrighted, but the Indian company brought suit anyway against yoga studios in Los Angeles and New York. The owner of the yoga college contended that he had thought up the unique sequence and deserved protection from others copying his intellectual property. However, the federal judge ruling on the case stated that books or photographs depicting certain arrangements of exercises could be copyrighted, but the sequence itself is not protected by copyright law, as the U. S. Copyright Office stated. He noted that individual poses are not subject to copyright law, and therefore the sequence itself could not be protected.
Apple's victory over Samsung in a $1 billion patent lawsuit last month means that Apple has the opportunity to corner smartphone technology over Android rival companies. The verdict in this business litigation case was applicable only to Samsung; the company was found to have copied software technology exclusively owned by Apple. However, this could spell trouble for other competitors who rely on Google's Android platforms to power their phones.Companies currently using features like "bounce back" and "touch zoom" could opt to pay a fee to Apple for copying the technology, although this may well result in costs being passed on to the customer and a drop in competitive price sales for these companies.
Whether you watch television on a Dish or DirecTV satellite, through your cable provider, Netflix, the Internet, or the old fashion way with rabbit ears, wouldn't it be great to watch our favorite TV show without commercials? Don't all of us in Massachusetts wish we didn't have to interrupt plot lines with those loud, pesky ads?
When taking proper steps to protect your trademarks or intellectual property, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with rapidly changing technology. It's also sometimes difficult for Massachusetts copyright owners to determine how far the law can be stretched to safeguard their patented products.