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Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance

Anthea Kraut


This book provides a historical and cultural analysis of US–based dance-makers’ investment in intellectual property rights. Although federal copyright law in the United States did not recognize choreography as a protectable class prior to the 1976 Copyright Act, efforts to win copyright protection for dance began eight decades earlier. In a series of case studies stretching from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first, the book reconstructs those efforts and teases out their raced and gendered politics. Rather than chart a narrative of progress, the book shows how dancers working ... More

Keywords: choreographic copyright, copyright law, intellectual property rights, American dance, Loïe Fuller, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Johnny Hudgins, white privilege

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199360369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthea Kraut, author
Associate Professor of Dance, University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA