Verdeelde dans | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 24, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0779-7397
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When R&B artiste Beyoncé Knowles insouciantly plagiarized a fragment of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s renowned Rosas danst Rosas in a video clip, the dance world was outraged. The question of artistic property rouses tempers in the contemporary dance world as well. Timmy De Laet sets out in search of the conflicting interests and differing visions that play a role in the discussion of authors’ rights as applied to choreography. It seems that the letter of the law offers the creative artist less of a handhold than the dancing body. The argument tends, in consequence, to be settled on the dance floor rather than in the courts.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): canon; choreography; copy; dance; plagiarism
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