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RE: Theos-World: SD original versus Boris de Zirkoff edition of THE SECRET DOCTRINE

May 21, 2001 12:27 PM
by ramadoss

At 06:59 AM 5/21/01 -0700, Eldon B Tucker wrote:
The real issue, as I see it, with the Boris edition
of THE SECRET DOCTRINE, concerns its copyright.
The original edition of the book is in the public
domain, and can be freely distributed in print
and electronic form. The de Zirkoff edition is
copyrighted by the Theosophical Publishing House,
and permission needs to be obtained, and possible
royalties paid, for reprinting passages from it.
You have rightly identified the important issue in this day and age of Internet. As for quoting from it for discussion, especially in a non-commercial forum such as this, quoting is permitted under current US Copyright laws. (Quoting of and reporting about even from un-published works is permitted under US Copyright laws.) Only extensive copying of passages,especially for commercial purposes would be covered under Copyright Laws.


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