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For the second time in two years Elan Vital Incorporated - an entity registered as a charity operating for religious purposes - has sought to close down web sites that contain factual information that is embarrassing to Prem Pal Singh Rawat and the Elan Vital organisation that supports him.  In 2003 Elan Vital Incorporated tried to intimidate the hosting company of the web site Ex Premie Org by spuriously claiming copyright infringement -


Ex-premie organisation
Chilling Effects website



Ex Premie Org. provides an online archive of Prem Rawat's career as a Guru,  and subsequently an Inspirational Speaker, the timing of the 2003 copyright complaint was significant - it came just before Prem Rawat embarked upon a series of high profile events in the US and Europe.

The 2003 attack on Ex Premie Org. failed, the material complained about was already in the public domain and subject to Fair Use provisions. Prem Rawat's organisations have since tried to undermine the principle of Fair Use (

The target of the most recent DMCA attack is the Prem Rawat Maharaji Info
website. PRMI provides a history of Prem Rawat's career specifically for the media and for research. All material at PRMI is provided free for fair use and it's substantive  content consists only of original writing by contributing authors.

On 9th June 2005 PRMI was shut down by the PRMI hosting company in response to an apparently valid complaint made by the General Manager of Elan Vital Incorporated, Larry Leblang. However, EVI's complaint was subsequently determined by the hosting company to be unfounded resulting in the PRMI website being brought back online on 13th June 2005.

Having failed to permanently deny PRMI Internet presence, Larry Leblang and EVI then set about making a further attack, submitting a redrafted DMCA notice which saw PRMI face further down time while a Counter notification  was issued by PRMI.

As with its 2003 DMCA attack against Ex Premie Org,  Elan Vital made no effort to respond to the Counter notification issued by PRMI. This lack  of  response suggests that EVI was pursing a complaint that it knew to be groundless and was employing the complaint as legalistic device to deny PRMI Internet presence.

Prem Rawat has sought to ally himself with the principles of the United Nations, it remains to be seen whether he is prepared to apply those principles to himself and his organisations. Further abuse of the DMCA regulations by Elan Vital will demonstrate the level of Prem Rawat's integrity.

For a general discussion on merits of the DMCA see  these FAQs and for an analysis on recent case law concerning the illegal use of the DMCA procedures click here.


As with the 2003 complaint  the timing of the unfounded attack on PRMI seems significant. Prem Rawat was about to embark on  a series of events which his Prem Rawat Foundation and Elan Vital organisations would use to promote Rawat's image as a philanthropist and philosopher - much of the material available on the PRMI website brings in to question both Prem Rawat's 'philanthropic' motives and his personal values.   The 'unavailability' of  PRMI was certainly of benefit to those concerned that the media might refer to the material presented on PRMI and draw unflattering conclusions about Prem Rawat.

Prem Rawat's  June/September 2005 schedule .

Thursday June 16, 2005 United States Miami | Peace Is Possible Prem Rawat will be the keynote speaker at an event sponsored by Miami-Dade Community College for the benefit of the United Nations World Food Programme.
Venue: James L. Knight International Center
Location: 400 SE Second Avenue

Friday July 1, 2005
- Sunday July 3, 2005 United States Miami Beach | 3 Days with Maharaji has accepted an invitation to speak at an event in Miami Beach. This event is open to everyone around the world who has been taught  Maharaji's techniques for finding peace within.
Venue: Miami Beach Convention Center

Sunday July 17, 2005 United Kingdom London | Maharaji in London Maharaji has accepted an invitation to attend a public event at the Wembley Pavilion in London on Sunday July 17th. (proposed Open to all.
Registration details to follow.
Venue: Wembley Pavilion

Friday July 29, 2005
- Sunday July 31, 2005 Portugal Lisbon | 3-Day Event with Maharaji  has accepted an invitation to attend an event at Pavilhão Atlântico, Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal from Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July 2005.  Everyone around the world who has been taught Maharaji's techniques for finding peace within is warmly invited. The event will start on Friday late afternoon and end on Sunday late  afternoon.

Tuesday September 27, 2005  - Friday September 30, 2005 Australia Peak Crossing, Queensland | Amaroo Event
Venue: Ivory's Rock Conference Centre


Elan Vital Incorporated :

The Prem Rawat Foundation :

Ex Premie Org. :

Mike Finch - personal website of former long term Rawat supporter:


The hosting company name and the names of its representatives have been removed

Re: DMCA Notice of Copyright Infringement on

Dear Mr. *****:

I am the General Manager of Elan Vital, Inc. ("EVI") and among my responsibilities is the policing of intellectual property belonging to EVI. EVI is the holder of a wide range of copyright interests in a catalog of intellectual property including copyrights for which it receives protection under the laws of the United States and over 80 countries around the world. EVI has expended considerable resources acquiring, promoting and protecting this intellectual property.

It has come to our attention that your server at ******* hosts a large Web site (the "Infringing Site") (located at dedicated to an ongoing series of acts that violate the proprietary rights of EVI. Specifically, we have learned that Infringing Site which is hosted by your company, unquestionably and unlawfully violates EVI's valid and subsisting copyright interests.

This Web site, and the constituent pages therein, makes up a virtual library of infringing works, including dozens of photographs, works of visual arts, and literary works. We also note for the record that this illegal use of your hosting services is in direct violation of your purported Terms of Service, which allegedly proscribes infringement. Please consider this letter a "Terms of Service" complaint as well as notice under 17 U.S.C. xA7 512 ("the Digital Millennium Copyright Act" or "DMCA")

Pursuant to the DMCA, we assert and hereby place ***** on notice that the communications in question are in violation of our client's proprietary rights. Failure to act in accordance with the DMCA may result in damages and injunctive relief being awarded against ***** for vicarious infringement.

As required by the DMCA, we hereby state that we have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law. The information in this notification is accurate. Further, under penalty of perjury, I represent that we are authorized to act on behalf of EVI in policing its proprietary interests.

In light of the above, we demand that you immediately remove or deny public access to the infringing Web site. We also request that you provide us with written assurance within 72 hours of receipt of this letter that such compliance has been effectuated.

Finally, we respectfully remind you that the infringing Web site may be reinstituted only upon fax or mail service of a counter notification that fully complies with the stricture of Sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the DMCA, including:

1) The infringer's signed consent to suit in the United States Federal District Court; and

2) Waiver of jurisdictional challenge. This notice, and the Schedule attached hereto shall not be construed as a waiver of any claim in part or in whole by EVI, it’s licensees, licensors, or any affiliated entities, and all rights under common law and statute are expressly reserved whether or not suit has been filed in the past or is filed in the future.

If I may answer any questions or provide further information, please call me at your earliest convenience. I look forward to your assistance.

Very truly yours,

Larry Leblang
General Manager
Elan Vital, Inc.


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