From: Axay Kalathia <chair@sssgc-zone1.org&gt;
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2022 10:40 PM

Subject: Copyright Clarification

 

Sai Ram Dear National Presidents,

Please forward the following clarification to members:
Sai Ram Dear Sai Family,

Since forwarding the announcement from the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, of which the Sri Sathya Sai Media Center is a division, regarding the public notice on copyrights published on the 12th of January 2022, we have received many questions. 
The following are frequently asked questions:
  • Why was this action taken?
    • Protection of the integrity of the presentation of Swami’s life, works, and teachings is an important obligation. The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, via its Media Center is the most appropriate entity in the world to take responsibility for this task.
  • Can you provide examples of inappropriate use of material?
    • Editing clips of Swami’s videos, and/or discourses and presenting them out of context to distort the message being conveyed
    • Individuals and outside groups monetarily profiting from Swami’s material
    • Downloading material and then reloading onto a private site and claiming ownership
    • Outside groups/individuals claiming copyright and causing legitimate Sri Sathya Sai Global Council programs to be taken down on multiple occasions
    • Threats of legal action against SSSGC centers for use of discourse, musical programs, devotional songs 
  • Our center wants to have access to this material to spread joy and love to devotees, how can we gain access?
    • Reach out to Zonal Media Committee to help facilitate clearance for your center moving forward
  • What about private or governmental TV and radio stations that provide segments on spirituality and wish to use the material?
    • They can send an email to our Zonal Media Chair stating their request and for what purpose the material will be used and then given clearance.
  • How can anyone claim a copyright on Swami’s material, isn’t it meant for all of humanity?
    • The intent of the copyright is to prevent misuse, not use. Those individuals and organizations that agree to use the material in a legitimate manner, without distortion of the message and mission of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and His organizations will be granted full access. Swami’s teachings are of course freely available to all.  The Sri Sathya Sai Media Center always has and will continue to offer high quality inspirational programs freely available to all. All of Swami’s writings and discourses are freely available on line.

If you have any further questions, please request your center presidents to communicate with your regional or national president. Questions can also be directly sent to our admin@sssgc-usa.org“>Zonal Media Committee. 


In the Service of Sai,

Dr. Axay Shanti Kalathia
SSSGC Zone 1, Chair


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