Words by: Symone Daniels

Rapper Big Freedia filed a lawsuit against her former choreographer Wilberto Dejarnetti. The Washington Post reports the lawsuit contends that Dejarnetti says Freedia owes him $500 per month “to continue using” certain choreographed dances that he worked on. The suit also states that Dejarnetti claims he helped write several songs, on which he is demanding to be listed as a co-author — a claim Freedia denies.

Freedia fired Dejarnetti in 2017 after his “behavior was frequently erratic, and his temperamental nature caused turmoil and strife,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit raises a bigger question, can dance be copyrighted? According to the Copy Right Act of 1909, the dance must tell a story by using certain actions.