Talk:Self Realization v. Ananda Church

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This case discussed the copyright status of Yogananda's works, including Autobiography of a Yogi.

The text in question was originally treated as a copyright violation, based on the following renewal notice:

Renewal R590359. - Autobiography of a yogi. By Paramahansa Yogananda. © 12Dec46; A9494. Self-Realization Fellowship Church (PCB); 13Nov74.

This renewal was the subject of a legal case in which the renewal was voided. "We hold that SRF was not entitled to renew its copyrights in books authored by Yogananda."


The Ninth Circuit opinion in Self-Realization Fellowship Church v. Ananda Church of Self-Realization, 206 F3d 1322 (9th Cir. 2000) did not discuss "Autobiography of a Yogi" in any way. The public domain issue has not been specifically adjudicated in regards to the Autobiography of a Yogi and other books by Yogananda not mentioned in this court case. For further reading see the final verdict by the jury posted on Wikisource US District Court Jury Verdict SRF v Ananda 2002 The jury verdict clearly shows that Yogananda's intention was to give all of his teachings to Self-Realization Fellowship. Red Rose 13 (talk) 18:08, 25 August 2012 (UTC)