Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance
The Center for Ideas and Society presents a book talk with Anthea Kraut, Associate Professor and Chair of the Dance Department. Choreographing Copyright is a new 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 in a range of genres have embraced intellectual property rights as a means to both consolidate and contest racial and gendered power.
A part of the Hot off the Presses Series