Dance and Law: From Indifference to Rapport
Historically in the UK dance and copyright law have had very little to do with each other. There have been a couple of court cases, but in general the dance community has had few reasons turn to copyright. That may be changing. In times of austerity, the arts are seen as an “easy” target for cuts in funding. These are often accompanied by calls to become more commercially viable. Developing a business model then depends on having a legal framework—copyright—that can support ownership and exploitation of dance. This paper will consider ownership and exploitation of dance within the context of copyright law. It will highlight the opportunities and challenges posed by digitization and social media, and emphasize the benefits these can bring for dance as it finds a place in our intangible cultural heritage.