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Pune Osho sometimes spoke about His world headquarters, and made it clear that headquarters was His secretariat: The world headquarters will simply function so that you can have a connection with me. Otherwise you don’t have any place to whom to ask where I am, what is happening to me. The world headquarters is not in any way a power over any sannyasin, over any other sannyas centers, ashramas, communes. It has nothing to do with that. It is my secretariat. OSHO The Last Testament, Vol. 5, chapter 12 The world headquarters for Osho’s work operated wherever Osho and His secretaries were. At one point it was in Bombay (now Mumbai), then in Pune, then in Oregon, then in various places on the World Tour, then in Mumbai again, and then back to Pune, where Osho left His body....

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Inner Circle and Presidium

What about the inner circle and presidium that Osho set up before He left the body? Do they have some control or authority? In short, no, they don’t. Before Osho left His body He set up the inner circle and the presidium as purely advisory bodies. He asked the members of those groups to assist the people doing His work around the world. The inner circle and the presidium aren’t legal entities. That is, they aren’t set up as trusts or foundations. They are just casual, informal groups, and the people who serve as members are volunteers. They have no legal status of any kind. Osho did not transfer any ownership rights to the inner circle or the presidium. As you can see in the Copyrights section, Osho had never transferred His copyrights to anyone during His life. If...

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Osho and OIF

Osho had no legal connection with OIF, Zurich whatsoever. Osho never transferred any legal rights to OIF. He didn’t even give them a name certificate. RFI’s role as founder of OIF did not transfer any legal rights from RFI to OIF. At the end of the Ranch period RFI, transferred certain copyrights it claimed to own to OIF. Those alleged transfers happened in 1985 and 1986, and RFI had no legal connection with OIF after 1986. At some point after 1985–86 OIF began to claim to own Osho’s copyrights. The evidence shows that Osho still owned His own copyrights at that point and continued to direct publishing operations. No one—Osho, RF, RFI—ever transferred any trademark rights to OIF. So whatever trademark rights any of them might conceivably have owned have nothing to do with OIF’s claim to own all...

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OIF and RF and RFI

OIF and RF and RFI Osho International Foundation (OIF) is a Swiss nonprofit corporation, incorporated in 1984 as Rajneesh Foundation Europe (RFE). It later changed its name to Neo-Sannyas International Foundation, and still later in 1990 to Osho International Foundation. Rajneesh Foundation (RF) was perhaps the oldest foundation created to support Osho’s work. It was formed in India as Jivan Jagruti Kendra in1969, where it published some of Osho’s discourses as books and supported Him at the Woodlands in Bombay. This foundation changed its name to Shree Rajneesh Foundation in 1975, and was instrumental in setting up the Rajneesh Ashram in Pune, India. RF (and later other Indian trusts as well) provided Osho and some of the people working with Him with housing and support, and provided space, office equipment and supplies, and other support for the work of...

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OIF and Pune

OIF and Pune In its effort to appear to be the source for all work related to Osho’s teachings, OIF, Zurich keeps trying to take credit for all the work done in Pune, as well as in the rest of the world. Throughout the US trademark case OIF referred to the activities in Pune as the activities of OIF and claimed that OIF controls the activities in Pune. OIF also claimed that it has been actively controlling the centers around the world and the people at the centers through the training programs and groups in Pune, visits of center leaders to Pune, and visits from people who volunteer in Pune to the centers. For example, OIF claimed that Milarepa’s performance at a music event sponsored by a center in North Carolina was an official inspection by OIF as part...

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OIF and NY and London Offices

OIF, Zurich has worked in connection with entities in some other countries. In the early 1990s it worked with a legal entity in England called Masterzone, Ltd. I don’t have detailed information about the legal connection between Masterzone and OIF, but Masterzone was an English corporation that appeared to act as OIF’s agent for a period of time, sometimes using the fictitious business name Osho International. I don’t yet have information about the structure of legal entities operating in England right now. Later, a for-profit company called America Multi-Media Corporation (AMMC) was formed in Arizona, and eventually did business in New York under the fictitious business name, Osho International. AMMC acted as OIF’s agent, but Pramod [Steeg], for some inexplicable reason, kept claiming in the US trademark case that AMMC was a “wholly owned subsidiary” of OIF, Zurich. Statements...

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