The Martha Graham School and Dance Foundation, Inc. v Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance., Inc., 224 F. Supp. 2d 567 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) (Graham II” or the “copyright trial”)

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Name Instructor Task Date Martha Graham School v. Martha Graham Center Introduction Martha Graham School and Dance Foundation, Inc. v. Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc., 224 F. Supp. 2d 567 (S.D.N.Y. 2002) was a case on copyright ownership. To understand the nature of the case, it is prudent to provide a brief introduction of the parties involved. Martha Graham was a household name, best known for her inventive dances and choreography. Her modern dance was meant to serve as a substitute to the classical ballet. Graham formed a dance company that consisted of some female dancers in the late 1920s aimed towards imparting her vision to others (Braveman 480). Even so, running the company proved challenging because of financial problems. To absolve herself from legal and funding challenges, and for eligibility of tax benefits, Graham started relying on non-profit corporations to cover the financial challenges her venture was encountering. As such, it is important to give a detailed analysis of the case. Description of each Party The 1948 saw the incorporation of the Center following Graham’s over reliance on nonprofits. It did not last long when in 1956, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, also referred as the School, was incorporated (Kim 349). The Center, as well as the School carried out their business as one entity to the extent of sharing a board of directors and bank accounts (Braveman 481). The Center in collaboration with nonprofit organizations promoted and disseminated Graham’s work. In the 1960s, Graham and a photographer named Ronald Protas developed a close relationship, and following her death, she left the interests and

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