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India to protect traditional Yoga

08-31-2010 08:24 BJT

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Originating in India, Yoga is practiced across the world in many different forms. But now, more than 15-hundred yoga poses have been catalogued by India's government, as part of its of traditional knowledge database, to fend off entrepreneurs, trying to patent the country's ancient lore.

Every day, video of guru Baba Ramdev practicing yoga is beamed into millions of homes throughout India. Easy accessibility enables Yoga to step down from its niche to millions. Some practice it in their homes, some in community parks and some in yoga studios.

In the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Complex near Delhi, a team of experts are creating a database to make information available to patent offices around the world, so traditional remedies and yoga poses are not presented as new discoveries and patented by people that claim to have invented it.

Yoga gurus, like Baba Ramdev, are appreciative of the government's efforts.

Baba Ramdev, Yoga gurus, said, "If we don't have the copyright for such an old tradition, then other countries can misuse it. The misuse is already happening. To stop this, the government has taken a very commendable step and we appreciate it."

As part of the project, 250 of the most popular poses are being filmed so patent examiners around the world have access to them and can evaluate better any claims for novelty in yoga.

Vinod Kumar Gupta, Digital Liveray Chairman, said, "Mere text is not good. So, you need to show how you perform. That's why filming was necessary so everybody can understand in the international system this knowledge pre-exists in India. Therefore, if anyone claiming a novelty, he should not be granted an intellectual property rights."

The yoga database is likely to be available to international patent offices by October. In the first phase, videos of 250 poses will be released. Later, the library may add more postures if it feels they are under threat.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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