The OA Board of Trustees has issued an instructive letter (DOCX file) to all OA groups that meet virtually to immediately stop screen sharing and all other unauthorized reproductions of OA literature in virtual meetings. We ask that you download this letter from the Document Library under the category “Copyright” and share it with your group as soon as possible.

Since this issue affects OA as a whole, it is not a matter of group conscience. Moreover, it is a matter of acting lawfully, since unauthorized reproduction of OA literature violates the copyright of Overeaters Anonymous, Inc. While we are all one OA, when it comes to copyright law, OA, Inc. must actively protect its copyrights to maintain these copyrights. This is for the good of the Fellowship as a whole and in support of our Seventh Tradition.

This instruction primarily applies to literature for sale at bookstore.oa.org and at OA’s third-party retailers. So long as passages are properly cited with OA’s copyright, registered OA groups still have the right to reproduce and share all print material found on oa.org, without written permission. For more information about these options, see the Copy Requests page on oa.org.