The normally silent Teller, from the famous magical comedy duo and hosts of Showtime’s “Bullshit!” Penn & Teller, is speaking up in a copyright case over one of his magic tricks, known as “Shadows.”
Apparently another magician saw Teller’s trick in Las Vegas and developed his own version. He sells the secret of the trick for $3000, along with instructions and a DVD. To promote the product, he posted a video of himself performing the trick to YouTube. When Teller found out, he used YouTube DMCA policy to file a takedown request. When Teller requested that the magician stop using his routine entirely, the magician refused. Teller offered to buy him out, but when they couldn’t agree on a price, Teller decided to take him to court.
To me, this brings up an interesting question. If a magic trick is a sequence of actions that make up a performance, how is that any different than a song, a comedy routine, a dance, etc.? How does copyright apply in this case?
Full Article at Ars Technica