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I am ignorant in this area and I have tried to research this, but I can not seem to get a clear answer.  I am writing a PB and I want some of my characters to do the electric slide.  I was curious if there would be any copyright issues for using this without permission.  If anyone can give some help in this area, I would be incredibly grateful.


JD Mutters
#1 - January 30, 2014, 07:32 AM
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I just did a quick web search, as well.  According to the Wikipedia article ( it seems there have been issues in the past about infringing on the copyright - but that was with videos of people performing the dance.  You might be all right if, in the acknowledgements or another appropriate place, you (quoting from the Wiki article) "reference Mr. Silver's name as Choreographer."  Don't take my word on that, but at least it's possible?
#2 - January 30, 2014, 02:15 PM
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The Electric Slide is under Creative Commons, so even video clips are allowed now. I would think mention of it in a book would be the right kind of publicity, no different than mentioning Tango, ChaCha, etc. I recently went through this with another recent dance and decided it was okay to use.
#3 - January 30, 2014, 03:40 PM
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Thank you both very much for your help.
#4 - January 30, 2014, 07:39 PM

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JD, you can write as you wish. If you work is accepted for publication, your editor will flag any potential problems with copyright as well. You will have a team of experts behind you for fact checking, copy-editing, etc.

If you are self-publishing, it is a good idea to consult a literary attorney.

#5 - January 31, 2014, 07:53 AM
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Are you planning to submit to traditional publishers, or self-publish?

If you're going to submit, legalities will be handled during the publication process by the house's team. But if you're going to SP, I'd consult an attorney.

Cross-posted with Vijaya. :)
#6 - January 31, 2014, 07:54 AM
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I am planning to submit to agents/publishers. 
Thanks again for the great info!

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