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What is Remote Viewing Intellectual Property?

When a viewer does a remote-viewing session, who owns it? In general, intellectual property is something that you create. In order to claim that property as yours, you need to let the public know in some acceptable manner that this intellectual property exists, and what it is. There is no such thing as secret intellectual property. For example, if you write a novel, you have to publish it, or register it, or prove in some way that you wrote it before anyone else. In the old days, authors used to send themselves copies of their own manuscripts by registered or certified mail so that they could have a judge open the envelop (which has a date stamped on it) to prove that they wrote it before anyone else. But these days it is more common to simply publish it for all to see, even self-publish it, with a copyright date on it. In the United States, some people send copies to the United States Copyright Office as well. Videos are published with such abundant regularity, that most people are content to rely simply on the time stamp of the YouTube upload to demonstrate when they published something.

Again, for intellectual property to exist, something public is done to establish your claim of ownership. With respect to labels or brand names, in the U.S., most people register such things with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This serves as a public notice that someone owns a brand or name. SRV®, Scientific Remote Viewing®, Farsight®, and even Farsight’s logo are registered in this manner. Similarly, if you invent something, you need to file a patent to say that you own it.

With intellectual property that is written, such as artwork of any type, and written documents, the artwork or content can be copyrighted. Copyright law is clear on this. Creators own that which they create unless they transfer those rights to someone else, usually by signing a document that explicitly does this. Exceptions are works of hire, of course, where someone is paid to create some artwork or text for someone else. Remote viewing is intuitively inspired artwork. Unless remote viewers transfer the ownership of their remote-viewing sessions to someone else by signing some agreement that makes the transfer, they own it, since it is a work of their own hand, exactly as is the case with any artwork.

Moreover, no one can copyright how something is created. One cannot even copyright ideas or information. One can only copyright the formal expression of the ideas or information, as with copyrighting a novel or artwork. For example, it is not possible for someone to copyright the method of writing when creating an artwork or written document. One similarly cannot copyright the act of typing on a typewriter, or painting on a canvas, or recording a remote-viewing session with a camera, or writing one’s intuitive perceptions on a dry/erase board or any drawing surface. The artwork itself can be copyrighted, and it is clearly owned by the creator of the work. But the method by which it is created, the type of pen used or the surface on which it is drawn, cannot be copyrighted. That is why it is important to publish intellectual property. The content is the only thing that can be copyrighted. Remote viewers need to remember that. They own their own sessions, unless they sign something that transfers that ownership to someone else. Just like all artists, remote viewers need to be careful about what they sign.

To sum up, unless someone actually publishes something, or patents something, there is no intellectual property. And only those very words or artwork that are published, or the invention that is patented, is protected intellectual property. There is no such thing as secret intellectual property. If a company wants to keep a secret, they do not copyright it, or patent it. They have their employees sign nondisclosure agreements stating that they will not tell anyone about a subject. And that subject is not intellectual property. It is a secret.

What do we do here at Farsight?

At Farsight, we compensate our remote viewers to some extent, mostly to cover their own expenses for, say, camera equipment, and all sorts of stuff. Our viewers also sign documents that specify who owns what. In most instances, we believe that the current value of remote-viewing sessions done at The Farsight Institute may not reflect their eventual value, and we believe it would be unfair to try to completely take viewers intellectual property from them just because we offer them a small bit of compensation. So the documents that our viewers normally sign when they participate in Farsight projects explicitly states that the viewers themselves keep the copyright of their own remote viewing. Farsight is given a nonexclusive right to publish the remote-viewing work, but Farsight does not own it. This is true even if Farsight records a remote-viewing session using Farsight’s own video equipment. If a viewer owns his or her session if it is written on paper, why should it be any different if the session is recorded on video? This can change under certain circumstances, especially if a third party is involved, as with a media company putting together a movie or television show. If a media company is funding a project and paying all the bills, then that company may want the rights to all the remote viewing so that the company could claim to have a unique production. But if that happens, then the written documents that people sign would state that up front.

This is fundamentally a moral issue. Other people, institutions, and companies often do things differently, of course, and history is filled with agents and record companies, for example, who try to own an artist’s work for life, or at least for a long time. At Farsight, we don’t want to go there. If you try to control people, their inner spirits will rebel, and then there will be a mess. In the U.S., to use one historical example, white people tried to control black people with slavery, and that led to the American Civil War. Coercing people may look like a short cut to riches, but it inevitably brings strife and conflict. And that is not a path to make the planet Earth a better place.