Authority and Legal Positions Debunked
page is part
of the historical background relating to "What Is an
Osho?", a slick, sannyas-paradigm-shifting policy paper written by
and circulated in 1998. A deconstruction of Amrito's paper is presented
on this site, introduced here.
Many substantial pages of legal opinion have been posted
Friends International concerning various aspects of OIF's legal
maneuverings to control Osho's legacy. The author is not stated but the
pages are presumed to be the work of Ma Prem
advisor. Many of those
pages have been re-posted here as well, including just about
everything they have posted on trademark and copyright. This page is an
index to those writings.
Lawyers rely a lot on precedent, and Sangeet is no exception. What is
exceptional here is that her precedents include what Osho has said and
done, as well as jurisprudence. A "case" can
always be made for saying that Osho contradicts himself frequently and
thus, anything that relies on his say-so can be "disproved" by a
"competing" Osho quote. While this has a certain literal truth, the
preponderance of what Osho has said and done fits well with
jurisprudence and with sannyasins' collective experience of not being
controlled by a "higher authority". And the weaknesses of both OIF's
positions and their questionable actions are shown vividly by Sangeet's
thorough presentation. This collection is a major service.
The articles are listed and described below. Links to the original
at OFI are supplied at the individual pages. They are more or less in
the order presented at OFI, if it matters. There is some repetitiveness
and overlap. Perhaps some of that is unintended, but to repeat
something in a new context so that a theme may be decently explored in
one place looks like sufficient benefit to compensate for anything
unintended. So comprehensive and wide-ranging is this presentation that
any such "shortcomings" are completely insignificant.
What is a Trademark?,
explains what a trademark is, how it works and why OIF's trademark
claim does not work.
Why a Trademark?, takes
apart OIF's rationale for needing a trademark.
The Legal Structure of
Sannyas, well, there isn't one, and Sangeet shows this well, with
plenty of Osho quotes and history.
Pune as HQ, on OIF's de facto
control of the Pune Resort and how that has been spun into a presumed
right to control all aspects of Osho's legacy.
Inner Circle and Presidium,
on the lack of legal basis for any authority for these bodies.
Osho and OIF, lots
of detail on the lack of
legal connection between Osho and OIF.
OIF, RF and RFI, the
claimed lineage from RF and RFI to OIF debunked.
OIF and Pune, demonstrates
the lack of legal connection between OIF Zürich and any legitimate
entity in India.
OIF, NY and London, touches on
OIF's affiliates in NY and London.
OIF and Centers, explores in great
detail how Osho's centers have always been autonomous, legally free
even of him, never mind of his orgs. Includes a long look at OIF's
infamous "Letters of Understanding", which have no legal significance.
OIF and its Claims, traces OIF's
institutional predecessors and history, and surveys and debunks what
OIF claims to own.
Osho on Copyrights and Trademarks,
lots of Osho quotes sampled on this theme.
The Ever-Changing Story,
on how testimony from OIF officials justifying what they do has changed
over the years.
OIF's Trademark Claims Problems,
on the fundamental problems of OIF's trademark claims.
OIF's Strategies and Tactics,
on the sleaziness of some of OIF's approaches to asserting their
US Trademark Decision, presenting the key parts of a 2009
judgment from a US board voiding OIF's trademark claims in the US.
Claims and Facts, debunking the
propaganda put out by OIF surrogates in the wake of the US trademark
Options for Centers, on what
centers can do when challenged by OIF.
Above pages relate mainly to OIF's trademark claims, with some overlap
with copyright and other areas. Below, copyright matters,
with, inevitably, some overlap with trademark.
Who Owns Osho's Copyrights?,
presents an overview of OIF's copyright claims, and why they don't
The Paper Trail (such as it is):
the documents OIF claims give it ownership of Osho's copyrights, along
with explanations of why they don't.
Osho's ≤1978 Book Titles: a list of
all of Osho's English book titles preceding the date of a document
allegedly assigning copyright to his foundation.
"Competing" Claims: a history of other copyright claimants
pre-1990, creating further doubt about OIF's claims.