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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Religion? Politics? Business?

Yoga poster in Tamil

This is one of those things that just makes you go, "Say WHAAAAAT?"
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued 150 yoga-related copyrights, 134 patents on yoga accessories, and 2,315 yoga trademarks. There's big money in those pretzel twists and contortions - $3 billion a year in America alone. It's a mystery to most Indians that anybody can make that much money from the teaching of a knowledge that is not supposed to be bought or sold like sausages.

The Indian government is not laughing. It has set up a task force that is cataloging traditional knowledge, including ayurvedic remedies and hundreds of yoga poses, to protect them from being pirated and copyrighted by foreign hucksters. The data will be translated from ancient Sanskrit and Tamil texts, stored digitally, and available in five international languages, so that patent offices in other countries can see that yoga didn't originate in a San Francisco commune.

Holy quacking duckshit. I can't believe that anyone would try to patent Yoga.


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At 8:16 PM, Blogger McBlogget said...

Not all of these patenters are foreign, e.g.,
Bikram Choudhury


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