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The Electric Slide is a four wall line dance which has received repeated attention due to extensive copyright claims by choreographer Ric Silver, who claims to have invented this dance as well as The Robot and breakdancing. It was fairly popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

On February 3, 2007, CNET reported that Silver had started filing DMCA-based takedown notices to YouTube users who were posting videos of people performing the dance in a manner he deemed incorrect.[1]

On March 1, 2007, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the man who claims to have created the popular line dance The Electric Slide, asking the court to protect the free speech rights of a videographer who captured a few steps of the dance in a documentary video posted to the Internet.[2]

On May 22, 2007, the EFF came to an agreement to settle the lawsuit filed on March 1, 2007 against Ric Silver. The agreed settlement states that Mr. Silver will license the Electric Slide under a Creative Commons license[3] and to also post the new license on any of his current or future websites that mention the Electric Slide. EFF agreed to see that all uses of The Electric Slide reference Mr. Silver's name as Choreographer.

On April 4, 2008, Ric Silver made an appearance on NBC's Amne$ia to judge one of the contestants doing The Electric Slide.


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