Here’s yet another example of a group of yoga people who believe that there is not enough abundance in this world and are threatening others who share in the pie. (Big sigh)
YogaGlo, which offers online yoga training featuring a teacher and students, is sending cease-and-desist letters to other yoga groups claiming that it is a violation of YogaGlo’s intellectual property for others to also videotape and sell yoga classes featuring instruction with a teacher and students.
“YogaGlo CEO Derik Mills responded to a blog post claiming that his company filed an application for a patent and issued the cease-and-desist letter in order “to protect (our) intellectual property, just like any other online business.” According to YogaGlo’s patent application, the “invention” they claim to own is the method of recording a yoga instructional video in a live classroom setting. In other words, YogaGlo believes that the idea of videotaping a yoga teacher instructing a class of students, instead of simply recording the teacher, is their unique invention.” (source: Yoga Alliance)
Really? That’s a unique invention? Think of how many yoga teachers this will affect. I’m all for free enterprise, but yoga is meant to be shared. How many unique inventions are there in yoga? Isn’t that counter intuitive to the lineage and core philosophies of yoga?
By the way, YogaGlo has applied for a patent. That patent has not yet been reviewed.
Fortunately, Yoga Alliance has taken a strong stand against YogaGlo’s actions. This is from Yoga Alliance’s website from Yoga Alliance, President and CEO, Richard Karpel:
(Yoga Alliance’s full article is here.)
Yoga Alliance supports the proper use and enforcement of intellectual property rights….We also support the patenting of real inventions, which serve to protect inventors’ economic interest in their work.
However, we don’t believe YogaGlo’s “invention” qualifies for patent protection. Videotaping a yoga teacher in a live classroom setting is an obvious idea, not an invention. Therefore, YogaGlo’s patent application can serve only one purpose: To manipulate the legal system in order to suppress competition by bullying other online yoga-instruction businesses and individual yoga teachers into submission when they use a similar method of recording and presenting online classes.
We call on YogaGlo to live up to its claim of encouraging “more access to yoga, not less,” by withdrawing its patent application. We also encourage our Registered Yoga Teachers and Registered Yoga Schools, and anyone else who supports yoga and/or the appropriate use of the U.S. patent system, to sign this petition asking YogaGlo to withdraw its patent application.
If you feel strongly about this issue, consider signing the petition. Call Yoga Alliance and have your voice heard.
Bravo, Yoga Alliance!
I’d love to hear your thoughts.