Dance Dance Revolution Copyright in Choreography Hits its Stride



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May 9, 2024
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Join us for an insightful discussion about the evolving legal framework for both creators and developers as to choreographic works, particularly in the context of video games and viral dance moves, as digital media and esports continue their rapid rise in popularity in entertainment. The discussion will be led by David L. Hecht of Hecht Partners LLP who represented Kyle Hanagami, an eminent choreographer for some of the most famous artists in the world, in the case Hanagami v. Epic Games Inc. et al, which established new and important legal precedent for choreographic copyright.

Introductions by Randi D. Bandman

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Kyle Hanagami


Founder and Choreographer Making Moves Productions, Inc.

Kyle Hanagami is a Los Angeles-based Choreographer & Creative Director and has become one of the industry’s most sought after talents. He has worked with artists such as BLACKPINK, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys and Justin Bieber, as well as partnered with globally recognized brands like Nike, Disney, Netflix and Calvin Klein. He has built an online empire with over 4.5 million YouTube subscribers and more than 1 billion views. Additionally, he currently holds the title for YouTube’s most viewed choreography video of all time. Kyle Hanagami has become the bridge between the entertainment industry and the digital world, creating captivating choreography that can be recognized everywhere from the big screen to your phone screen.

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David L. Hecht


Founder/Co-Managing Partner Hecht Partners LLP

David L. Hecht is the firm’s founder and its co-managing partner. He is a fierce litigator representing individuals, companies, and nationwide classes in high-stakes commercial disputes. He was recognized as a “Legal Lion” by Law360 following his successful argument before the Ninth Circuit in connection with a copyright infringement case against Epic Games. The case, which redefined the limits of protection for choreography in the era of “short form” media, was also recognized by Law360 as one of the biggest copyright rulings of 2023.

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