A Course in Miracles (public domain version)

The four-volume Freeperson Press edition of A Course in Miracles published in 1975 is in the public domain of the United States of America.

The copyright by Foundation for Parasensory Investigation (predecessor of Foundation for Inner Peace) was found to be invalid in 2003. All 4 volumes have been scanned and are freely available for download:

Text for A Course in Miracles, Volume One

Text for A Course in Miracles, Volume Two

Workbook for A Course in Miracles

Teacher's Manual for A Course in Miracles



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4. I thought the Freeperson Press edition (also known as the "Criswell edition" after the publisher, Eleanor Criswell) had a yellow cover?

According to page 16 of Judge Sweet's October 24, 2003 opinion dismissing complaint and granting judgment invalidating the copyright,

"The first edition of 100 copies of the Criswell edition was bound with a yellow cover ... Following distribution of the first edition, the defendants made a second Criswell edition with a white cover, and a third edition of the Criswell edition followed with a blue cover."

5. Where does the Freeperson Press edition fit within the early versions of the Course?

The general outline is as follows (see The Earlier Versions and the Editing of A Course In Miracles and ACIM Family Tree for more detail):

  1. Notebooks: Helen Schucman's handwritten notes (1965-1972)
  2. Urtext: Bill Thetford's typed version from Helen's dictation of her notes (1965-1972)
  3. Hugh Lynn Cayce: edited by Helen and Bill; one of the few copies made was presented to Hugh Lynn Cayce at Edgar Cayce' s Association for Research and Enlightenment (1972)
  4. Nun's version: edited by Helen and Ken Wapnick; typed by nuns at Maryknoll (1975)
  5. Freeperson Press (aka Criswell) version: photo-reduced copy of Nun's version (1975)
  6. Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) first edition: 3-volume blue cloth hardback set printed by Saul Steinberg's company, Coleman Graphics (1976)

6. Where can I learn more about the copyright issue?

7. How can I contact the site administrator?

Via email: mail at openacim dot org


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