Sunday, November 14, 2010

Paulette & Patrizia

paulette has left a new comment on your post "Even the Dalai Lama referred to Sri Aurobindo and ..."
Tusar,
I have understood that you don’t allow Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s quotes. With the proper references, these can be traced back in their books. Moreover there are people who misuse and abuse quoting from their texts to prove what they want. But in all other cases how are people to know, when the documentation is not available? Moreover, in the case of Heehs’ biography, a simple request to read it means to be rubber-stamped as a devil? 
It is precisely because people have not read, and/or don’t even have the possibility to read the book that a certain fringe feels free to dump whatever suits them on Peter Heehs, writing thousands of (useless) pages of insults and calumnies that nowhere else would be accepted without court cases for defamation and calumny, intervention of the Human Rights Commission and so on. I refuse to pay back with the same strategy, praising instead of vilifying Peter – an operation that would be no less shameful and degrading than systematic slander and character assassination. I have been trained to do historic research at Milano university and I expect to live in a civil society where the facts, impartially examined, are assessed dispassionately on the basis of evidences – not of wild, lurid vital obsessions that tell a lot about those entertaining such fantasies. Paulette Posted by paulette to Savitri Era Open Forum at 4:11 PM, November 13, 2010

From Paulette paulette@auroville.org.in to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 13 November 2010 18:37 subject Fwd: can you post the attachment?
Tusar,
you have posted my comment to the posting, but if you don't post the original attachment as it is, re-inserting all the quotes from Peter's book, what can people make out of it? Moreover when deliberately I eschew personal comments? Without Peter's texts, the whole thing is a futile exercise. Paulette

From Paulette paulette@auroville.org.in to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 14 November 2010 02:58 subject posting with acknowledgments
Dear Tusar,
 In reply to your concern, and also to be sure that the other camp would not use this as a pretext, I have asked someone to address the question directly to Peter Heehs. The reply is that there is something in copyright law called fair use, which permits anyone to print extracts from a work (with proper acknowledgment) as part of a critical discussion or as references, as here. So my posting (attached) should be re-installed in its entirety, with this preamble:
Originally, this was a confutation of Sraddhalu's statements, written after the shock of discovering that he is listed as petitioner n.5 in the court case against the Ashram trustees. But as I don't have the habit to involve someone who, being sub judicio, cannot reply, while I am such a fool, in all this horror, as to still abide by a code of honor, I have removed Sraddhalu's allegations.
Due acknowledgment is given to the Columbia University Press, and to Penguin India, for reproducing extracts from “The Lives of Sri Aurobindo”, abiding by the copyright called fair use which permits anyone to print extracts from a work, with proper acknowledgment, as part of a critical discussion, or as references or, as in this case, for the purpose of a honest, civil debate clearing the author of all sort of groundless accusations. Paulette

From Paulette paulette@auroville.org.in to "Tusar N. Mohapatra" tusarnmohapatra@gmail.com date 14 November 2010 07:10 subject Re: posting with acknowledgments
Tusar,
I don't understand what you mean by "I see merit in the current policy". What policy? The policy is that of the copyright law called fair use, internationally applied. Or there are other motives? This is the entire reply from Peter Heehs, as it was forwarded to me:
"That's silly. There is something in copyright law called fair use, which permits anyone to print extracts from a work (with proper acknowledgment) as part of a critical discussion or as references, as here. I think he just wanted to geld her argument."
I am spellbound seeing that you have no problems allowing the rantings of Patrizia Norelli & acolytes in a blog called Savitri Era Open Forum, but you have problems applying the international copyright law. Paulette

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