Urantia Foundation

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The Urantia Foundation is a Chicago-based non-profit that provides materials, promotes events, and provides guidance associated with The Urantia Book. The foundation was founded in 1950 and currently has offices in six countries worldwide.[citation needed]

Purpose[edit]

The main purpose of the foundation is to provide for the dissemination of The Urantia Book and to ensure that the text remains as unaltered as possible. It published the first copy of the book to be made available to the public in 1955. The organization maintains integrity of the text and authorizes specific translations. The Urantia Foundation was in inaugurated in order to preserve exclusive domain over the names "The URANTIA BOOK", "Urantia Brotherhood", "Urantia Foundation", and "Urantia Society" for at least one generation.[1]

Copyright and trademarks[edit]

In 1995, a United States jury trial in Arizona found that the Urantia Foundation's 1983 renewal of the book's copyright was invalid.[2] However, that decision was overturned on appeal.[3]

In 2001, a United States jury trial in Oklahoma again found that the Urantia Foundation's 1983 renewal of the book's copyright was invalid.[4] However, this decision was upheld in the United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit),[5] creating a circuit split as to whether the English version of the book is considered to have entered the public domain in the U.S. as of 1983. In 2006, the international copyright on the English text expired.[6]

The Urantia Foundation placed the three blue concentric circles logo on the cover of The Urantia Book and has a United States trademark for that symbol. The circles are also used with foundation approval to indicate other affiliated organizations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Page 7: THE PLAN FOR THE URANTIA BOOK REVELATION By Carolyn B. Kendall http://www.squarecircles.com/UrantiaMovementHistory/pdf/PlanForUrantiaBookRevelation.pdf
  2. ^ Urantia Foundation v. Maaherra (D. Ariz. 1995)
  3. ^ Urantia Foundation v. Maaherra (9th Cir. 1997)
  4. ^ Michael Foundation, Inc. v. Urantia Foundation v. Harry McMullan, III US District Court decision by jury that Urantia Foundation does not hold the copyright to The Urantia Book
  5. ^ Michael Foundation, Inc. v. Urantia Foundation v. Harry McMullan, III US Court of Appeals affirms the jury decision that Urantia Foundation did not have valid copyright renewal The Urantia Book
  6. ^ "2006 Urantia Foundation annual report" (PDF). urantia.org. 

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