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Re: theos-talk Re: The $64,000 Question

Dec 31, 2010 03:51 PM
by John W

There are very different copyright periods on books and other documents between countries. In the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries, particularly those that followed UK law, it is 50 years from the author's death, or, if that cannot be determined, 50 years from publication. In other western European countries it is mostly 50 to 70 years. In eastern European countries, and many Asian countries, it is much less, mostly something like 20 or 25 years, and many such countries do not recognize or enforce any foreign copyrights. But the USA has the longest copyright protection period of all, something like 75 or 80 years. Of course, it does not apply to material that has been deliberately released (or permitted to be released) into the public domain by the authors, which includes publicly broadcast radio and TV transmissions.

John W.

--- On Sat, 1/1/11, MKR <> wrote:
From: MKR <>
Subject: Re: theos-talk Re: The $64,000 Question
Date: Saturday, 1, January, 2011, 12:13 PM



      Yes, yes, yes.

I am more talking about recent publications and those whose copyright has

not expired.

At least in the USA, law requires disclosure of some of the financial

information to the public.

Last year for which published info (tax info) is available, significant

amount of money was spent on accountants from outside and relatively very

small for traveling lecturers and theosophical work at the lodge level. The

highest paid employee is also an accountant.

So the priorities need to be re-checked and re-calibrated.

On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 2:05 PM, Konstantin Zaitzev <>wrote:




> > Given that lodges have self autonomy it may well be that these

> > copyrights, for early/foundational materials, are owned by (or

> > excepted for,) the Society, dunno.


> Really, the Theosophical Society is less affected by the copyright issues

> than many other organizations, for the most of its materials (and among them

> the most important ones) are in public domain.


> They can be easily digitized and put online, and a good deal of that work

> is already done, but not be the structures of the Society, receiving our

> fees, but by enthusiasts, some of them aren't members at all. So the

> question is again not to the publishers but to the officials of the Society

> about efficiency of using the funds.




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