The most prominent case of yoga piracy was with Bikram yoga in the United States. Bikram attempted to copyright his method of teaching yoga, but was unsuccessful. He wanted to ensure no unauthorized people would teach his method. As a result of his attempts, the United States Copyright Office clarified that yoga asanas, like Bikram’s sequence, are not copyright-able material. This was affirmed in 2015 in a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Indian government's defense against yoga piracy has been in assigning a task force led by Vinod Gupta to document the asanas of yoga, preserving them as material that no one can claim as their own. He states that 150 yoga postures have already been pirated by people in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. Fifteen yoga schools, including the Iyengar Institute, are involved in the documentation process. These will be stored in the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library for easy access by patent offices worldwide.