Friday, July 03, 2009

Transcendental Meditation Nuns Want You!

UPDATE: Bumped from June 29, 2009. I redacted the post below to attempt to meet the demands of Jim Nemmers, Esq., of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., who claims to represent the Maharishi Foundation Ltd., England. He states that MFL owns the copyright to the email and the service marks and trademarks in the email below.

(Interestingly, a little sweat applied to a Google search box reveals that MFL appears to be a nonprofit corporation dormant for 10 years — without assets, without any mention of intellectual property assets.)

I believe my original post met the requirements for a Fair Use exception to copyright laws, being news, information, criticism, educational, and parodic, as well as being for a non-commercial purpose. In fact, I thought the full post served the TM Org well by providing the entire context of their email so readers could make their own informed opinions about the material presented.

I've got to wonder why Jim and his client MFL are scared of us publishing their own, exact words in full context. Especially when these emails are typically accompanied by requests to share them with any interested parties.

This is a temporary response to Jim's demands, as I research with our advisers how copyright and intellectual property rights apply to this situation.

An anonymous reader of TMFB shared this via email. Thanks -- you know who you are!

It would appear that US TM leaders are putting an awful lot of eggs in the Guru Purnima basket. With a Governor Refresher Course, a rounding course, a huge pandit ritual, and now a Mother Divine course, the illusion of a living Movement is nearly complete.

Night of the Rounding Dead?

From: National Office of Communication

Date: June 22, 2009 11:32:15 AM MDT
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Subject: Global Mother Divine-A Guru Purnima Course

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July 5th and 6th

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The course will include tapes and quotes on:

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Also included: a very special, live Vedic Dance performance

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SM Mother Divine Program is a trademark licensed to Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, and used under sublicense or with permission.

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