Free speech activist.
"I write therefore I am." — Karin Spaink.
(as of December 2007): "Karin Spaink"
[...] In 1995
Church of Scientology
began a legal campaign to remove what
it held were copyright infringements and trade secrets from the
Scientology vs. the Internet
. Spaink was one of the first famous
Dutch Internet personalities and was one of about a hundred Dutch
people to put up pages containing the
in protest against the actions of the church.
The Church of Scientology responded by suing Karin Spaink and a
large number of Internet providers, including
copyright infringement. Part of the Fishman Affidavit were documents
that Fishman had asserted to be the official teachings of Scientology.
The defendants responded by challenging the church to prove it was
actually the copyright holder of the disputed documents. [...]
The Fishman Affidavit
The Church of Scientology (or: CoS; or: Co$, as some of their opponents
call it) sells its followers expensive courses which, if students
study them carefully, are supposed to set them free ('clear' them).
A former Scientology member, Steven Fishman, was brought before
court because he committed several crimes in order to get the money
to pay for these courses. Scientology urged him to get the money
any which way he could. According to Fishman, they also assigned
him to kill somebody, and failing that, ordered him to commit suicide.
In an interview for Time Magazine, Fishman relayed those stories
and blamed Scientology for his crimes. Scientology sued him for
Spaink - Defense against Scientology
Concerning the argument of religious freedom: it is obvious that
such a freedom is never an argument to condone practices such as
'Fair Game' (the outlawing of critics), the 'Freeloader's Debt'
(signing a strangling financial contract), 'Disconnect' (ordering
members to break all ties with their partner, children, parents
and friends when they criticise Scientology), 'Bait and Badger'
(manipulate members who want to leave by alternately offering them
rewards and intimidate them verbally).
Dutch protest against scientology
The Dutch protest started when Scientology raided XS4all over the
Fishman Affidavit. Many providers and one user - me - ended up being
sued by Scientology. This is a chronology of the events. For strictly
legal matters, please refer to
the Scientology litigation kit
"The Church of Scientology vs. the Net(herlands)"
Just as the December 11, 1995 meeting was getting underway, the
Dutch defendants learned that Scientology had filed for a postponement
of the lawsuit, claiming that the Church not find a notary to certify
that the the Dutch web pages are in fact copies of Scientology's
"secret scriptures". A few hours later, Scientology decided to drop
the charges altogether! Details are still sketchy, but here are
two messages that
sent the night of December 11, followed by
more definite messages from
on December 12.
Scientology litigation kit
Sources to defend oneself with when sued by Scientology. (Anyway,
I used them, and won.)
Karin Spaink's homepage
My subjects are varied, but I tend to write about matters of politics,
technology, privacy, media, sex, health and bodies, and especially
about the areas where these subjects merge or collide. Give me a
brainbreaker, a couple of good books or papers on the subject plus
three months, and I will come up with an essay that bites or seduces
you, and that will give you a few ideas that you never thought of
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