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Arcomano, Nicholas. "The Copyright Law and Dance." New York Times, 11 January 1981, p. 8 & 16.

Arcomano, Nicholas. "A Dancer's Business: Choreography and Copyright, Part One." Dance Magazine, April 1980, pp. 58-59.

Arcomano, Nicholas. "A Dancer's Business: Choreography and Copyright, Part Two." Dance Magazine, May 1980, pp. 70, 119.

Arcomano, Nicholas. "A Dancer's Business: Choreography and Copyright, Part Three." Dance Magazine, June 1980, pp. 62-63.

Auerbach, Alexander. "Does Copying Violate Copyright?" The Reporter Dispatch, 31 January 1974, p. 13.

Beckley, Paul V. "Choreography is Copyrighted For [the] First Time." New York Herald Tribune, 14 March 1952. (About Hanya Holm)

Finkelstein, Herman. "Copyright Problems on Campus." ASCAP Today, January 1974, pp. 24-25.

Greenhouse, Linda. "Court Strengthens Copyright Status of Freelance Artists on Commission." New York Times, 6 June 1989, p. A24.

Honan, William H. "House Panel Approves Bill for Copyright Treaty." New York Times, 29 April 1988. (1 p.)

Kibbee, Barbara. "Art Law." New York Law Journal (September 21, 1977). (3 pp.)

Kibbee, Barbara. "Copyright Protection for Choreography." Art and the Law, 2 (January 1976): 1,4,5. Also in same publication, p. 7, "Copyright Developments."

Lansdale, Nelson. "Concerning the Copyrighting of Dances." Dance, June 1952, pp. 21 & 40. (Deals with the first copyrighted dances in the U.S., Kiss Me, Kate)

Lewis, Jay. "Choreography and Federal Copyright; Kirstein: 'Who's Worth Pirating?'" Variety, March 30, 1960. (1 p.)

Martin, John. "The Dance: Copyright." New York Times, 30 March 1952. (1 p.)

Martin, John. "The Dance: Jottings." New York Times. (1 p.--concerning copyright of dance)

Martin, John. "The Dance: Review." New York Times, 28 December 1952. (1 p.)

McMahon, Colleen. "Choreography and Copyright." Association of American Dance Companies, newsletter?, pp. 1-4. (Also 2 page draft of same)

Mirell, Leon I. "Choreography and the Law." Theatre Arts, October 1952, p. 69. (deals with copyrighting dances)

Mirell, Leon I. "Legal Protection for Choreography." Law Review 27:5 (November 1952): 792-815. (Note: DNB has entire issue)

Ringer, Barbara. "Finding Your Way Around in the New Copyright Law." Publishers Weekly, December 13, 1976, pp. 38-41.

Rowe, Katharine. "Choreography and Copyright." Dance Magazine, March 1987, pp. 42-43.

Silvian, Lee. "Copyrighting Choreography," pp. 28-29, reprinted by permission of Bravo from Volume V, Number 2, 1965.

Smothers, Ronald. "Dance Copyright Case is Reopened on Appeal." New York Times, ca. 8 May 1986.

Wagner, Susan. "Provisions of New Copyright Bill Move U.S. Closer to Berne Union." (2 pp.)

Wagner, Susan. "S.22: Copyrighted 1976: Congress Approves 'Monumental' Bill (First of two parts)." Publishers Weekly. (3 pp.)

Wagner, Susan. "S.22: Copyrighted 1976: Congress Approves 'Monumental' Bill (Second of two parts)." Publishers Weekly. (3 pp.)

Winkler, Karen J. "A Sweeping Revision of the Copyright Laws." p. 1 & 12.

Yeoh, Francis "Choreographers' Copyright Dilemma." Entertainment Law. (8 pp.)

Yeoh, Francis "Choreographers' Moral Right of Integrity." Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. (16 pp.)

Yeoh, Francis "The Choreographic Trust: Preserving Dance Legacies." Dance Chronicle. (26 pp.)

Yeoh, Francis "The Value of Documenting Dance." Ballet Dance Magazine. (4 pp.)

"Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-For-Profit Educational Institutions." pp. 68-71.

"Choreographer Gets Copyright Under New Law." New York Herald Tribune, 7 January 1953. (About Ruth Page)

"The New Copyright Law and Teachers." New York Teacher , p. 16.

"New Copyright Law is Found Effective." New York Times, 15 June 1978. (1 p.)

"Staying on Pointe Through Law School." Advance, The University of Iowa, Winter, 1989, p. 8.

"Steps to Copyright." Newsweek, April 28, 1952 and May 19, 1952 reply by Ann Hutchinson. (Regarding copyright of dance scores)



Chevat, Esq., Alan. "Estate Planning for the Choreographer." April 25, 1978, 22 pp., with comments by Muriel Topaz, DNB. (This appears to be a section of a larger paper entitled "Copyright for Choreography"; the one-page outline is here, as well as 10 pages of what appears to be another section of the larger paper).

Fisher, Kathleen. "The Copyright in Choreographic Works: A Technical Analysis of the Copyright Act of 1976." College of Law, The Ohio State University, August 9, 1981. (40 pp.)

FitzGerald, Joan E. "Copyright and Choreography," Spring, 1971, 25 pp. + 1 p. letter to Herbert Kummel, May 19, 1971.

Goldstein, Karen, for the Dance Notation Bureau, Herbert Kummel, Director. "Copyright and Choreography: An Analysis of Federal Statutory Copyright under the 1909 Act and the 1976 General Revision," 17 pp.

Guest, Ann Hutchinson. "Registration for Copyright of Labanotation Folk Dance (Traditional Dance) Materials," July 5, 1984, 5 pp. plus one page report for Muriel Topaz, Jerry Chasen, Judy van Zile and Ray Cook.

Horwitz, Dawn Lille. "Copyright and Notation," Spring, 1979, 6 pp.

Milkovich, Joanna. "Intangibility—Dance's Most Valuable Asset. Or Is It?" (23 pages, written sometime between 1986-1991)

Rader, Patricia W. "Copyright Registration—Should a Dance Score have a Copyright Separate from the Dance it Represents?" Presentation to the International Movement Notation Alliance, June 5, 1984, 5pp. + 2 pp. Appendix.

Sekora, Terese Elaine. "Dance Notation: A History of the Dance Notation Bureau: 1940-1952." Master's Thesis, Texas Woman's University, December, 1979, pp. 93-96. (Copyright information and reference to Fuller vs. Bemis)

Van Camp, Julie C. "The Identity of Works of Art in Dance." Chapter IV: Philosophical Problems of Dance Criticism. Ph.D. Dissertation, 1981. (Accessible at <>)


DNB Publications

Mirell, Leon I. "Rights and Copyrights, Part One: A Bill of Rights." The Dance Notation Record V:2 (January 1952): pp. 1-4.

Mirell, Leon I. "Rights and Copyrights, Part Two: Dance Notation and Copyright Protection for Choreography." The Dance Notation Record V:3 (March 1952): pp. 1-4.

Topaz, Muriel. "The New Copyright Law and 'Fair Use.'" Teachers' Bulletin (1978): pp. 29-31.

"To Copyright A Dance Work." The Dance Notation Record V:4: p. 7. 

DNB Newsletter: Summer, 1952.

DNB Newsletter: Fall, 1952.

DNB Newsletter: April, 1977.

DNB Newsletter: July, 1977.

DNB Newsletter: December, 1980.

Teachers' Bulletin: June, 1979 - June, 1984.



Copyright Law Symposium, Number 15, Sponsored by the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers. New York: Columbia University Press, 1967.

Van Camp, Julie C. "Copyright of Choreographic Works."1994-95 Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook. Clark, Boardman, and Callaghan, 1994: 59-92

The United States Copyright Law: A guide for music educators, issued jointly by Music Educators National Conference, Music Publishers' Association of the United States, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Schools of Music, National Music Publishers' Association, 24 pp.



Swersky, Barry. "Choreographic Copyright," report under the auspices of the International Dance Section of the musical theatre committee, International Theatre Institute, Amsterdam, December, 1976. (5 pp.—list of copyright protection for each country)

Swersky, Barry. Convenor of the Choreographic Copyright Working Group, International Theatre Institute, Dance Committee Board Meeting Held in Munich—December, 1983, 7 pp. and Report given by Sibylle Schlatter, Choreographic Copyright Working Group, 6 pp.

"Commonsense Copyright, A Guide to the New Technologies," excerpt from 6th Annual General Catalog of Books, 1986, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. (order form also)

Conference report from the International Movement Notation Alliance's Fourth Annual Conference, June 5, 1987, "A Forum on Legalities and Notation."


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