India takes on the tough issues
Who needs to worry about terrorism when there is Yoga Piracy to deal with:
The Indian government is furious that yoga practices dating back thousands of years are being "stolen" by gurus and fitness instructors in Europe and the United States. I sympathize with the need to enforce international patent law, but can one truly patent and enforce patents on exercises or religious rituals? Can you imagine trying to enforce a copyright or a patent on the Lord's Prayer?
Foreign practitioners are already said to have claimed hundreds of patents and copyrights on poses and techniques lifted straight from classical Indian yoga treatises.
"Yoga piracy is becoming very common, and we are moving to do something about it," says Vinod Gupta, the head of a recently established Indian government task force on traditional knowledge and intellectual-property theft. "We know of at least 150 asanas [yoga positions] that have been pirated in the U.S., the UK, Germany and Japan," he says. "These were developed in India long ago and no one can claim them as their own."