- Jul 24, 2018
http://ericnortonlaw.com/can-i-trademark-it/trademark-a-dance-move/Forbes said:Applying these principles, the Copyright Office determines that yoga poses, exercise routines and social dance moves do not fall within the congressionally-established categories of authorship. Consequently, the selection, coordination or arrangement of yoga poses, exercise routines or social dance moves would not constitute a compilation that is protectable under copyright law. With respect to dance, it is true that category number four explicitly includes “choreographic works.” However, Congress has decided that such category does not include “social dance steps or simple routines.” According to the Copyright Office, to be protected by copyright, a choreographic work must be a “composition and arrangement of a related series of dance movements and patterns organized into an integrated, coherent, and expressive whole” and “simple dance routines do not represent enough original choreographic authorship to be copyrightable.”
TL;DR: Epic Games could have legally done that and everyone else can just fuck off.The Law Office of Eric Norton said:Dance moves themselves are not trademarkable because they are not used to identify where goods or services originate, unlike a logo, slogan, or brand name. But what about when people say that you have a “trademark” dance move? Well, that just means that a person does a certain type of move, like a touchdown victory celebration, that you identify with that person. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean they can actually register it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
However, a dance move can be trademarked in that the name of that dance move can be trademarked. Take a look at Tebowing or Kaepernicking. Two registered trademarks for celebratory touchdown poses that are now trademarked for various types of clothes and apparel. As you can see, the players came up with the move, used the move, became known for using the move, and the name developed from there. They then trademarked the name. So, in certain situations, it is possible to trademark a dance move, but just the name of it and not the move itself.
I just checked what's the copyright status of this and I found this:
TL;DR: Epic Games could have legally done that and everyone else can just fuck off.
Jesus Christ. When are people going to learn that cultures don't own memes. Dances being copyrighted is one of the most asinine things I've ever heard. How do you even pay back to "black culture"? Which one? How? You see how stupid that sounds?
This is the same thing as the whole "digital blackface" bullshit. Absolute nonsense.
"Gib money plz"
Someone should drive by 90% of the black rap community, they still want their gibs even though most of them are ritch
arguably Elvis put his foot in the door and popularized the genre. As a result more black musicians got airtime and became successful.Snoop embraces the memes, that’s how he’s stayed relevant all these years. It’s a running joke that if Snoop reps your team then you’re in consideration for one of the “hot teams” that season.
Snoop Dogg sightings used to be a game. Guarantee you Snoop is getting a laugh over being in Fortnite but his handler is telling him to keep quiet in case they need to sue someone.
Edit: also, fuck this author for shitting on Goodman and Whiteman. You don’t know shit about shit, you philistine, read a book on music theory. I’ll give you Elvis, but those two? Fuck off.