It appears TikTok dancing sensation Moya David has made good on his threat to sue his copycats.
This was confirmed by fellow TikToker Trevor Silaz, who said he has received a demand letter from Moya David’s legal team to stop copying his choreography.
Speaking to Commentator254 on his YouTube channel, Trevor said he received the letter last week.
“The letter said I should cease doing his choreography. Ilitumwa March 2,” he said.
The dancer said he received the warning even after changing his choreography.
“Wakati nilisikia amepatent choreography, I changed my choreography. After that, the letter comes with demands to cease copying the choreography. Nimeshangaa what I should change ndio mtu asinisumbue,” he siad.
Trevor insisted that he is not competing with Moya David.
“I think the problem is my fast-growing following on social media. Nimesomea children’s home and that is why most of my videos nimefanya kwa streets kusaidia watu,” he said.
Late last month, Moya David claimed he had copyrighted his choreography and therefore, it would be within his right to take his imitators to court.
“It’s my creativity but people sometimes don’t give me the recognition I deserve. Anyone who tries to imitate my style the law will take its course. I have patented all the dance styles that I do,” he said.
Moya also clarified that patenting his choreography does not mean he is preventing people from dancing.
“Me copyrighting the choreography doesn’t mean that I’m preventing people from dancing. It’s only that I am owning the rights to my creation. In case non-fungible token (NFT) decides that they want to buy the dance, how will I prove it’s mine? You just need to have the certificate to prove that you created the choreography,” said Moya.
The dancer further dismissed claims by some people that it is not possible to copyright dance moves.
“I saw some comments stating that one cannot copyright your own dance. Imagine you can. It is possible,” he said.