Friday, March 30, 2007

Implications of Norway Copyright Decision for TM

Paul posted the news that a Norwegian court has ruled the TM Org does not hold the copyright to "Transcendental Meditation." (Although the court ruled they do hold the copyright to "TM.") The court specifically referenced the fact that the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is old, and wondered in the opinion who would hold the rights to TM after his death.

This may be the beginning of the end for the TM Org's monopoly on the teaching. Already, all around the world TM initiators have begun teaching Transcendental Meditation outside of the TM Org's control. This ruling -- after appeals and possible similar findings in other countries -- may hasten and broaden this process.

To be honest, I don't know how I feel about this. The situation with TM casualities is already serious. Will it become more serious when unregulated teachers are spreading Transcendental Meditation?

I'd be interested in knowing how others felt about this development. Please consider posting a comment with your insights by clicking on "Comments" below.


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