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Live Tweeting from 9th Circuit Oral Arguments in Bikram Yoga Case

I will be in the Ninth Circuit's Pasadena, CA courthouse (Courtroom 1) this Friday morning to live tweet from the oral arguments in Bikram's Yoga College of India v. Evolation Yoga LLC. There are three other cases on the docket and the day's arguments start at 9:30. The clerk has informed me that although the Bikram…
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Bikram Yoga Copyright Redux, Part 4

Part 4 of my series on the Bikram yoga copyright controversy breaks down Evolation’s answering brief. The appellees, winners on summary judgment regarding copyright invalidity of Bikram’s asana sequence, aim their brief squarely at the heart of the copyrightability issues surrounding Bikram’s sequence. Noticeably absent are any direct responses to the appellant’s opening brief arguments…
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Bikram Yoga Copyright Redux, Part 3

The Bikram yoga copyright controversy is finally coming to a head with oral arguments scheduled in less than two weeks before the 9th Circuit. In the lead up to the orals, I will be breaking down the briefs of both parties to hone in on the arguments. Part 3 of my series discusses Bikram's opening…
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3 Reasons Why Forming an LLC May Be Right for Your Business

When it comes to business formations, many business owners wonder about the benefits of forming an LLC for their companies.  Three considerations make LLCs (“limited liability companies”) the choice for many entrepreneurs starting a business. Flexibility: LLCs offer flexibility in management structure and decision making. As far as management structure goes, an LLC can be…
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