“Can something that Osho has said be copyrighted at all? Can an individual, a firm, an institution and a foundation have right on these great messages both in the form as well as the content?” asked Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar.
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, is the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the largest chain of industrial research and development institutions in the world, with 40 laboratories and over 23,000 employees. India has conferred one of its highest national honours -Padambhushan – upon him. He is the chairman of a Committee in World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to create a database for global traditional knowledge.
An outstanding chemical engineering scientist, his pioneering research in polymer science and engineering has won him many laurels. He is only the third Indian engineer to have been elected as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London in the twentieth century. He has over 230 basic research publications to his credit, through which he has made pathbreaking contributions in non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, gel science and polymer reaction engineering.
Dr. Maskelkar wondered how Osho’s message can reach people and reach people by using not only the new technologies like launching a site but by removing several other impediments in taking that knowledge forward.
“It is quite clear that these messages are so universal and these messages are so crucial for this age that I think the rights truly are universal, I mean the whole globe of six billion people own these particular messages,” declared Dr. Mashelkar.
“Therefore to carry that message forward we will have to remove the technological barriers, the mental barriers the barriers that have been created by our greed to create wealth out of these messages, which really belong to all of us,” said Dr. Mashelkar.