EDGAR CAYCE FOUNDATION
Copyright Permission Guidelines
The Edgar Cayce readings are copyrighted by the Edgar Cayce Foundation. The first notice of copyright for the readings was in 1945, although they were not "published" at that time. A series of copyrights were registered for periodic published excerpts over the next several years. The entire readings were first registered for copyright with the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress in 1971. Material was added and previous material modified for various electronic versions of the readings (including background, reports, and indexes) several times from 1993 through today. The new or modified material in these versions have been registered. The basic copyright notice in a document quoting from the readings is:
Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-2007 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation
Permission to Use Quotations without Written Request: Writers and others wishing to quote from the Cayce readings in books or other published literary forms may do so without written E.C.F. permission if the total word count of all cited Cayce quotations is no more than 500 words. The quotation itself must be presented according to the following conditions:
Although not required, if the author will send a brief courtesy letter or e-mail to the Foundation with the name of the book or other published product quoting from the readings, this record will be maintained in the Foundation archives.
Permission for More Extensive Use of Quotations Through Written Request: All intended use of readings quotations that will consist of more than 500 words throughout the entire literary product must be approved in writing by the Edgar Cayce Foundation. The following conditions are required:
1,2,3,4. Conditions 1 through 4 above should be met for all quotations used.
- A written request must be submitted to: Edgar Cayce Foundation
Attention: Rights and Permissions
215 67th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2061
The request should include the following information:
If for some reason, such a copyright notice is not to be included, a letter to E.C.F. should include an explanation of the exception and where the copyright information will be displayed. Failure to include such a notice may lead to withholding or withdrawal of Foundation permission.
Permission to Use Quotations in Graphic or Artistic Products, in Films and Videos, on Websites, etc: For permission to use Edgar Cayce quotations in products or forms other than print form (e.g., books and articles), write a letter to the Rights and Permissions Office of the Foundation, describing and illustrating the intended use of quotations. If possible, include a photo of an example of the proposed use or a mockup of an example. Recent requests include: excerpts on greeting cards; excerpts incorporated into an artistic product such as a painting, a photograph, or a piece of sculpture; or quotations in a documentary film.
Permission to Examine or Use Historical Photographs, Sound and Video Recordings, Other Archival Records and Materials: To arrange for permission to view, copy, or otherwise use records or materials other than the readings from the archives of the Edgar Cayce Foundation, begin the process with a letter or e-mail to the Archives Coordinator ( email@example.com) with as much information as possible regarding what is being sought and for what purpose. It will usually be necessary to visit the Foundation to view materials, make copies, scan photographs, etc., after a discussion of the intended use of the material. This access to resources is arranged as a highly individualized process tailored to the needs and merits of the request as well as to the availability of appropriate E.C.F. staff assistance.