Nuns Aim to Protect Mother Teresa’s Name, Legally

CALCUTTA, India, JULY 9, 2003 ( The Missionaries of Charity have applied for a copyright to Mother Teresa’s name in a bid to stop its exploitation by commercial interests, BBC reported.

The congregation, which she founded, has applied to the Indian patents office for copyright to her name as well as that of the order and its logo.

“Mother Teresa expressed on a number occasions her wish that her name not be used by any other individuals or organizations without her permission, and after her death, the permission of her successor,” said Sister Nirmala, the current head of the order. Mother Teresa died in 1997.