Here’s a strange story from NPR’s The Two-Way: Breaking News from NPR on 16 May

“In an unusually metaphysical copyright case, a German court has ruled that an American psychologist — and not Jesus Christ — is the author of a book that she said Christ dictated to her in a ‘waking dream.’ The late Helen Schucman said she was a vessel for the words of Christ in her book A Course in Miracles, and a German Christian group called the New Christian Endeavour Academy argued that they were therefore free to put text from the book up on their website without paying for it (Jesus, apparently, does not require payment.) The U.S.-based Foundation for Inner Peace, which owns the, uh, worldly rights to the book, sued. According to The Guardian, the New Christian Endeavour Academy ‘argued that Schucman had not considered herself the author of the work, and referred to a 2003 ruling by a New York court that it said had put the work into the public domain.’ The academy also said: ‘For many there is no doubt that Jesus of Nazareth is the author of the course and that copyright law therefore doesn’t apply to his work.’ The German court, however, ruled that the rights go to the actual writer of the book, regardless of divine inspiration.”

Things are getting tough for those eternal authors — the US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein just took her oath of office by swearing on an e-reader. Bible publishers must be panicking.

In an unrelated post, the Melville House blog brings us news of what might be seen as retribution.

Advertisements