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Document 1

Document 1 Document 1 was allegedly signed by Osho in India in 1978. No original of this document is known to exist and no living person can authenticate a copy, as both Osho and Laxmi have left the body. Unless it can be authenticated, this document can’t be used in court to support any claim to copyright ownership. This document is on file with the US Library of Congress and is a public record. The 1978 document purports to be a conditional license for exclusive publishing rights in possibly eight of Osho’s early works. The document was filed with the US Library of Congress with a list of eight titles. The list of titles appears on RFI stationary, therefore the list was created later and was clearly not part of the purported agreement in 1978. It was filed with...

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Document 2

Document 2 The second document OIF relies upon is very similar to the first, except in it Osho purports to assign the exact same rights to RFI (then Chidvilas Rajneesh Meditation Center) in the US as He already assigned to RF in India. This second document was allegedly signed in India on April 1, 1981. It has been filed with the US Library of Congress and is a public record. We don’t know if an original of this document exists, but if an alleged original is ever produced it should be carefully and professionally checked for authenticity to make sure the signature is really Osho’s. If this document is authentic, it provides more proof that neither this document nor the first are copyright assignments. If the alleged 1978 document was an assignment of all Osho’s present and future copyrights,...

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Document 3

Document 3 The third document OIF relies on completely contradicts the second and is not credible for several reasons. Document 3 purports to be a transfer of copyright from RF in India to RFI in the US, dated April 1, 1981. We don’t know if originals of this document are available. It appears to be signed by Yogend??? Manu? on behalf of Rajneesh Foundation and Asha Sipus on behalf of Chidvilas. This document specifically claims (in the introduction) to transfer rights that RF got from Osho through Document 1. As we’ve already seen, RF did not get any copyright ownership through the 1978 document (assuming the 1978 document is valid). At most RF got a conditional exclusive right to publish eight works. Document 3 says in the first paragraph: The Foundation [RF] assigns to Chidvilas [later RFI] all the...

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Document 4

Document 4 Just over four years after the second and third documents were allegedly signed in 1981, the operations of RFI in Oregon came to a halt, and RFI purported to transfer the rights it received under the 1981 transfer from RF (document 3) to RFE [later OIF]. This document is dated November 23, 1985, and was signed by Ma Prem Arup (a/k/a Garimo, Maria Ackerman) and Ma Anand Suranga. It has been filed with the US Library of Congress and is a public record. We don’t know if an original of this exists, but if it does, it’s most likely authentic. If this document can be authenticated, the question is what, if any, rights would it have transferred to OIF, Zurich? The answer is probably none at all. If the 1981 document allegedly signed by Osho could be...

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Document 5

Document 5 The last document that OIF has filed with the US Library of Congress in alleged support of its copyright claims to Osho’s work is a 1986 agreement between RFI and RFE [later OIF]. This is a public record and an original may be available. The document says: 1. RFI hereby assigns to RFE all of RFI’s right, title, and interest in all copyrights to religious magazines and newsletters, audiotapes and videotapes of religious music and celebrations, and religious photographs, cards, posters, and other similar items, and all the profit… … 5. Within twenty (20) days after the execution of this Agreement by both parties, RFI shall provide RFE with a schedule of all of the copyrights assigned under this Agreement… So, what if anything, does this transfer to OIF? This agreement has nothing to do with Osho’s...

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