Choreography has long been a subject of controversy in the world of copyright. Despite its significance in the artistic community and the rise of social media in our everyday lives, choreography has not received the same property protections as other artforms, such as music, painting or sculpture. This is partly due to the transient nature of choreography; copyright law requires “fixed expressions” of works. It is also due to a legal hesitation to limit “social” arts. Lawmakers have little desire to prohibit large masses from participating in cultural activities.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on September 27, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Planker, Annie, "70 Years of Dance: Copyrighting Choreography Since 1952" (2022). AELJ Blog. 329.