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Photographs Photographs are copyrighted by the person who takes the photograph. The copyright “affixes” to the photograph the moment when it is taken and becomes fixed. Like with other artistic endeavors, the photographer owns the copyright to his or her own photos unless he or she has assigned the rights to others. The only limitation is that while the subject of the photo is alive, no one can use the picture for commercial promotion. That’s no longer an issue with Osho. It was “common wisdom” in the community at one time that whatever creative work, like photography, artwork, editing, writing, and so on, that was done in an Osho commune or ashram legally belonged to the commune or ashram. Saying that doesn’t make it so, and in many cases it wasn’t so. This is clearly untrue in the US,...

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