Dances being pilfered for profit
Dances have a long history of being plagiarized for profit, and TikTok is the most recent battleground.
In January 2020, 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon developed one of TikTok's most popular viral dance phenomena.
But few users knew that Harmon, who is Black, invented the dance, which she dubbed the Renegade – at least not until a month later, when The New York Times drew attention to her case. That’s because a TikTok user had copied the dance, and it was that TikToker’s rendition that went viral.
Because Harmon didn’t get credit, she wasn’t able to reap the benefits of more views and followers, which, in turn, could have led to collaborations and sponsorships.
For the full article please go to: https://theconversation.com/theres-a-long-history-of-dances-being-pilfered-for-profit-and-tiktok-is-the-latest-battleground-164215
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