Copyright “Screwup” Made Martha Graham Company Possible Again

The Martha Graham Company is back performing again, only because of “the highest-profile intellectual-property screw-up in history.” Graham didn’t protect her copyrights properly, and after her heir Ron Protas tried to prevent the company from using Graham’s work, it was discovered that some of the choreographer’s most well-known work was now in the public domain. “Graham’s oversight has ultimately proved to be the saving grace of both her company and her legacy.”