Chakra Discussions

ITV Copyright Infringement - Pot, Meet Kettle

by Bhakta Jim

Posted July 16, 2005

In the last few emails and internet postings from Nrsimhananda prabhu of ITV, we are sternly warned not to steal copyrighted ITV videos.In fact, the beginning of each video has an equally ominous warning, that copying ITV videos is BAD KARMA.One would think that ITV would be above suspicion in this regard before making such accusations, however this is not the case.

My family recently watched some ITV children's videos, one of which was a puppet show.The puppet show in question had the Star Wars soundtrack as the background music.As far as we are aware, the copyright for this music is owned by Fox Fanfare Music and John Williams, the composer.Under United States copyright law, ITV has no right to redistribute this copyrighted work and make a profit from it.

Before attacking Brahmananda and Gargamuni for distributing ITV "copyrighted videos" of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Nrsimhananda should look in his own backyard for examples of copyright infringement.For example, ITV made a healthy profit for many years reselling the copyrighted work of Japanese director Yugo Sako.

I would like to see Srila Prabhupada's videos distributed as far and wide as possible, and as cheaply as possible.It's unfortunate that it took years of pirated videos selling at lower prices for ITV to finally come out with a decent DVD set of Prabhupada's videos for the devotees to purchase.

We are interested to hear the devotees' opinion on this issue.

Thank you,
Bhakta Jim