Document 2 in Aid of OIF's Copyright Claims

This page is part of the historical background relating to "What Is an Osho?", a slick, sannyas-paradigm-shifting policy paper written by Amrito and circulated in 1998. A deconstruction of Amrito's paper is presented on this site, introduced here. A large subset of the background addresses various aspects of OIF's claimed right to control Osho's legacy, particularly regarding the legal muscle of copyright and trademark. This page discusses the second document OIF is using to justify their copyright claims and makes clear its inadequacies and limitations. It is sourced from Osho Friends International. For more legal pages, see OFI or Legal Main Page.

Document 2: An agreement dated 1981 allegedly between Osho and Chidvilas Rajneesh Meditation Center in New Jersey. This entity later operated as Rajneesh Foundation International (RFI) on the Ranch in Oregon. The text on this page plus images of all the pages of the document can be found at the OFI link above. For the other docs, see here.

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, as OIF now claims, then Osho would have nothing to assign to RFI in 1981. If Osho signed this document in 1981, signing it indicated that He believed He still owned copyrights to license. It also indicated that He had ended the publishing license with RF sometime between 1978 and 1981, so that He was now free to license to another foundation.

No list of titles from Osho accompanied this document when it was filed with the US Library of Congress, so we have no way of knowing what, if any, titles were supposedly included in this new license to RFI. Because RFI filed this document with the US Library of Congress as an alleged attachment to Document 3 , and because Document 3 claimed to transfer only rights gained under Document 1 (at most eight titles), this is most likely an admission by RFI that Document 2 transferred publishing rights in only eight titles. This would mean that even if both Documents 1 & 2 were found to be authentic, they could concern, at most, the eight titles listed by Sheela for Document 1.