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former scientologist Peter Letterese suit claiming ownership of "Big League Sales" materials
From: henri <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Peter Letterese suit claiming ownership of "Big League Sales" materials Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2004 15:41:04 -0500 Message-ID: <email@example.com> http://buttersquash.net/archives/letterese.pdf This is the entirety of Peter Letterese's copyright lawsuit against WISE, Church of Scientology International, et al. It is a copyright lawsuit. It names "Does 1-3200," almost invariably a giveaway of a lawsuit filed by a lunatic. There is a series of diagrams at the end indicating it may have been massively served on every corporate entity remotely related to Scientology a la Barbara Schwarz. However, Letterese claims copyright to the Big League Sales book, upon which many of Scientology's sales techniques are based, and upon this claim bases claims that Scientology is infringing on copyrights owned by him. He claims this book has gone through other incarnations and is currently entitled Integrity Intact. . .The Technology of Selling. I have not analyzed these factual allegations and have no idea whether or not Letterese's claims are true, except as specifically noted in this post. Letterese claims to have purchased the rights to this closing techniques material from Les Dane's widow. He attaches an exhibit purporting to be a copyright registration indicating ownership of the material. If that document is legitimate, it seems Letterese really does own the material. The question then becomes whether he actually can stop Scientology from creating derivative works or continuing to use derivative works created at a previous time. I don't know whether Scientology ever entered into an agreement with Les Dane's people about the Big League Sales material, but I do know that material plays a significant role in Scientology and WISE sales training. I just realized when looking at the complaint it that Exhibit H includes what seems like it may be an entire WISE course pack. I have omitted the part of this exhibit which probably constitutes an infringement. The rest is a table comparing the contents of the course pack to the Les Danes materials. There are some other duplications of copyrighted material, such as brief printouts from webpages, which I do not consider infringing in this context. Another exhibit is a table with comparisons of text from the Scientology materials and the Les Dane materials. I have no idea whether these claims have any legal merit, but if Letterese's documentation is legitimate, he appears to have demonstrated he has rights to the Les Dane materials, it's common knowledge that Scientology has based a lot of its own sales materials on the Les Dane materials, and there do appear to be similar passages in both sets of materials.
Note by editor: it is all a bit fussy. When you visit to the US copyright office and enter Registration Number: RE-797-552 -- you'll get the original Les Dane registration. When you enter
TXu-722-831 as Registration Number you'll get the Peter Letterese & Associates, Inc. registration with as "Previous Related Version: Appl. states Surefire sales closing techniques & Big league sales closing techniques by Les Dane are preexisting material."
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