Thank you for explaining. I can’t say I remember seeing this particular act online but then again I wouldn’t have gone looking for it personally…need to ask my other half in case she has though :)
Anyway, going back to the legal position, which I can completely understand your frustration with this, sadly you will get little protection in law. Whilst you do get certain protection in law for original ideas, it is not so much the actions themselves that are protected but the ideas behind them and the names that accompany them. So if you had a manual explaining how to do this trick and someone had copied it and started distributing it as their own, that would be a breach of copyright. Also if you had a specific name for the routine and it was trademarked, others could not use that when performing a similar act. But the act itself, the movements, actions or the idea itself will not be protected. Look at ***** *****’s Moonwalk for example. We all know this was ‘his’ act, yet thousands tried to recreate it and used it in all sorts of different circumstances. He could not have stopped them from going on stage and walking backwards, trying to ‘moonwalk’. However, I presume that the term ‘moonwalk’ was in some way protected by him so its use, as a term, may have been restricted. It is inevitable that in the artistic industry thee will be attempts at ripping off other peoples acts and that can often happen without any repercussions as long as no specific copyright or trademarks are infringed in the process. So try to ignore those who are trying to copy this act, as you have identified it is done poorly so at least you and others know that you had the original.
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