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How My Ex-Cult Tried to Bomb, Ban, and Bury the Truth — Part 2

A Mystery Person Complained and Got YouTube to Remove My Book Trailer — Was this Another Attempt to Hide the Gurus’ Dark Secrets?

Bad things come in threes, according to the old saying. Starting in the summer of 2013, three bad things happened to me that nearly derailed my ability to share the truth about my ex-fake-gurus’ corruption. In a three-part series, I reveal how my ex-cult tried to obliterate the truth from the planet. Much to will be their dismay, my blog, book trailer, and book are alive and well. In fact, the updated version of my book, Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus, is now ready on Amazon — with five secret-spilling new chapters.

Just one month prior to the DDoS attack on my blog, RishikaXcult.com, I experienced another takedown of my work to expose my ex-cult.

I received an email from YouTube. It said:

“We have disabled the following material as a result of a third-party notification from Sapna Arora claiming that this material is infringing (on a copyright): Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus book trailer.”

YouTube Issue, Cyber Bombing, and Amazon Banning — Who’s Behind This?

I had created and launched my book trailer on YouTube over a year prior. No one had said anything for 12 months. Then out of nowhere someone complained — one month before the DDoS attack on my blog and a few months before Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat wrote to Amazon asking the company to ban my book.

I reviewed the video footage and found a couple of photographs that were the apparent problem.

As I mentioned in my blog post about the cyber-bombing of my blog, I work for a living and have struggled every step of the way to get my book and blog published. It’s not an easy task for a working girl — something the unemployed gurus and many of their people have no concept about.

Like my blog, it took me time to gather the time and strength to re-do my book trailer and re-launch it. I’m happy to say I finally got it back up last month — and this time I made sure it’s 100 percent copyright free.

In fact I’m so sure, I listed the copyright status of every single image in the video on YouTube. I’ll also post that list here:

Image Copyright Log for Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus – Book Trailer

Here is the list of the 12 images I used in my YouTube book trailer video, including the image, the source, and the copyright owner status:

  1. Kripalu Maharaj in bed in his bedroom in Barsana, India, ashram; Owner – I took this photo; Copyright Status – Rishika, Author
  2. Prakashanand Saraswati in the original prayer hall in Barsana Dham ashram, Austin, Texas; Owner – I took this photo; Copyright Status – Rishika, Author
  3. Newspaper articles from India about Kripalu’s arrest; Owner – Various Indian newspapers; Copyright Status – Public Ownership Under “Fair Use” Regulation
  4. Newspaper articles from the Austin American-Statesman; Owner – Austin American-Statesman; Copyright Status – Permission granted from Austin American-Statesman, plus Public Ownership Under “Fair Use” Regulation
  5. Kripalu and Prakashanand in Barsana, India, ashram; Owner – I took this photo; Copyright Status – Rishika, Author
  6. Kripalu and Prakashanand in Barsana Dham ashram, Austin Texas; Owner – I took this photo; Copyright Status – Rishika, Author
  7. Kripalu and Prakashanand in Barsana, India, ashram; Owner – I took this photo; Copyright Status – Rishika, Author
  8. Trinidad and Tobago news website; Owner – News website Public Ownership Under “Fair Use” Regulation
  9. Image of Kripalu being arrested from Trinidad and Tobago newspaper; Owner – Newspaper; Copyright Status – Public Ownership Under “Fair Use” Regulation
  10. FBI Most Wanted Poster of Fugitive Prakashanand Saraswati; Owner – FBI Public Ownership Under “Fair Use” Regulation
  11. Kripalu and Prakashanand in Barsana, India, ashram; Owner – I took this photo; Copyright Status – Rishika, Author
  12. Photo of Me in Barsana Dham Ashram; Owner – Kathi Kamins; Copyright Status – Used with permission from Kathi Kamins

View the new version of the book trailer for Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus here!

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