This is authentic that the work is believed to be copyrighted at the time it
is created but the right to charge for infringement comes only when it is
For a dance move to be registered it should be unique, different and should have
various other dance steps.
Dance steps are choreographic works under the Copyright Act of 1957 and are
protected under section 2(h) of the act as dramatic work.
The solely way in which dance steps can be secured is by reducing them in
writing by using dance notation. If dance steps are in a written manner and not
a part of a cinematograph film, they accomplish the essentials of "dramatic
work" mentioned in Section 2(h) of the Act.
In fulfilling the same, Section 14 of the Act makes the creator eligible to get
certain exclusive rights such as, to issue copies of your creativity/work
publicly, the right to reproduce work, to perform art in public, right to charge
for infringement and make an adaption of work.
In the case Academy Of General Edu., Manipal vs B. Malini Mallya
the facts of the case, Dr karanth developed yakshagana ballet where he
accomplish the will in support of Manini Mallya transferring the copyright of
the dance to her.
Signature dance moves
A signature dance move is an instrument which is way more than just a step to a
creator or owner. As they are so visceral, impressive and affecting that
whenever spectators view them, they automatically relate them to the creator's
work. But in the present period with growing competition, where one tries to
earn money by copying other's performance, it is a burning issue as to how the
creator can protect his/her work when it is out in public.
Let us take the example of Prabhu Deva, he is famous for his dance moves.
Whenever such moves are presented on the television we try to copy the same
steps, such signature steps need to be safe from the false imitation or copying
and also the owner deserves to be rewarded with the licence and should be
awarded for the creativity and can protect themselves from the people who always
get to get benefit from others work.
Other forms of Intellectual Property
Dance in itself includes different components. Dance moves of a maker can be
safeguarded under the Copyright Act of 1957 if diminished recorded as a hard
copy yet it can't be reserved. Nonetheless, the name and its portrayals are
equipped for being reserved under the Trade Marks Act of 1999. The techniques
can be safeguarded under the Patents Laws and the dance ensembles can be
safeguarded under the Design Laws.
It can be gathered that the dance moves of the owner can be protected under
dramatic works in the copyright act 1957. The form of dance or its appearance
can be trademarked and the method can be patented.
With the increase in this new era, there is a need to enlarge the scope of
protection of the work of the dancer or creator. There are still several dancers
and choreographers who are ignorant of the protections available to their work,
so there is a mandatory need to spread awareness amongst them.