Recent Posts by Michael Thomas

Bikram Requests Extension to Consider Rehearing of Yoga Copyright Case

Bikram's appellate counsel has asked the 9th Circuit for an extension of time to consider whether to file for a rehearing in his yoga copyright case. Apparently the self-proclaimed yoga guru intends to seek another bite of the apple and possibly file a Petition for Panel Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc in a bid to overturn…
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Four Legal Mistakes Small Business Owners Make When Starting Out

In the rush of starting a business, many owners overlook or give short shrift to the critical issues listed below, which can affect the viability of their business or worse, (in the case of unsecured IP) scuttle it before there is a chance to flourish. With a little bit of planning and foresight, small business…
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Can’t Take the Heat: No Copyright Protection for Bikram Yoga Sequence

After years of litigation in multiple cases spanning more than a decade, the Bikram Yoga copyright controversy may finally be resolved. In an opinion rendered October 8, 2015, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Bikram Choudhury’s 26-posture yoga sequence is not protectable under U.S. copyright law, and did so with an air of…
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3 Legal Tips for Bands Looking to Hit It Big

You got into music because it’s your dream. You put up with hours of rehearsals, the rigors of recording, and the hardships of gigging. “What else do I need to do to lay a foundation for success?” you might ask. To answer this question, here are three legal tips that will prepare you for eventual…
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