The line of what is subject to copyright can seem very confusing, despite the relatively straightforward language of section 102 of the 1976 Copyright Act. A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal took on the topic in Bikram's Yoga College v. Evolation Yoga, 803 F.3d 1032 (2015), and provided what is one of the best examples of explaining what you, as an author, can protect.

The case background is fairly straightforward - something that can't always be said. Bikram had created a type of yoga practice that had two key components. First, there was a set of specific poses (asanas) and breathing exercises done to a series of instructions. Second, these asanas are performed in a room headed to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. A book...

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