Re: HPB and copyright
Dec 04, 1997 08:06 PM
by M K Ramadoss
At 07:25 PM 12/4/97 -0500, K. Paul Johnson wrote:
>I can testify from painful and expensive experience that not
>all of HPB's writings are public domain. Caves and Jungles,
>translated a few decades ago by Boris de Zirkoff, is in that
>version copyrighted by TPH--Wheaton. Some articles in the Collected
>Writings that had never been published in English before are
>also new translations and copyrighted. I had to pay a whopping
>$225 to Wheaton to quote less than 2000 words from these
>sources; amounting to about 10% of total royalties for TMR.
>You can guess whose idea it was to charge me that amount. Of
>course, it was my own honesty that caused me to write seeking
>permission to quote. I doubt if anyone there would have
>realized that these things were in a different category than
>HPB's other writings, had I not figured it out myself and written
Honesty and trustworthiness pays itself in the long run. You have done the
right thing even though it costs you money.
Once you act dishonestly, once found out, causes such damage that can never
be fixed for love or money.
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