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If you seek permission to use a portion of one of our titles, you can write us:
Copyrights and Permissions
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International
P.O. Box 1437
Alachua, FL 32616, USA
Phone: +1 (386) 418-8329
Fax: +1 (386) 462-1761
Or you can submit your request online.
BBT only accepts written permission requests. Please be sure to indicate which title(s) you are interested in and what material--text or pictures--you would like to use (including page numbers), as well as complete details regarding the use and your project. General permissions turnaround time is 4-8 weeks.
BBT permission for ISKCON temples and projects
Temples and projects of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness working under the authority of the ISKCON GBC have blanket permission for incidental use of BBT text, art, and other material.
Let's suppose you have such a temple or project. And you're doing a flier, or a website, or something else to advertise your ISKCON activities. Would you like to use some text, photos, or art from the BBT? Feel free.
We ask only that you include the BBT's copyright notice, in this form:
Artwork [or photos, or text from such-and-such work] courtesy of The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc. (www.krishna.com) Used with permission.
But for some uses, permission is not automatic. For example: Let's say you wish to publish something consisting entirely, or mostly, of BBT materials. Or you wish to publish or manufacture items for sale, such as posters, calendars, or greeting cards. For that sort of use, please get in touch with us, and together we'll work things out.
Whatever use you may have in mind, you'll get better quality reproduction by using the high-quality scans we can provide you from our original transparencies or artwork. For help with this, please get in touch the Bhaktivedanta Archives.
Thank you for letting us serve you. Hare Krishna.
PS: What did Srila Prabhupada say about who should publish his books?
You will sometimes find publishers or "inter-netters" around the world utilize pictures and text from Srila Prabhupada's books. Srila Prabhupada made sure that the copyrights of his BBT were protected. According to his desires the BBTI deals with illegal usage by applying international laws of copyright. Therefore, whenever you detect something which looks like unauthorized use of BBT materials, then...
Inform the BBTI.
What kind of materials? What country? Who is the publisher etc? As much information as you can get without actually contacting the publisher. Then let us know, by COM, telephone, fax, mail or email.
If it is printed matter, try to get two copies of the publication/product where BBT materials have been used, and send the copies to us. We need one copy, and an extra copy is often needed to send to one of our copyright attorneys. BBTI will reimburse you for your expenses.