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Reference materials Silencing criticism, censorship
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Feb 1, 1996
Scientology's Internet Wars — Watchman Expositor
Dec 9, 1995
Congress vs. Internet — New York Times
Oct 24, 1995
Only police may search your home, right? Guess again — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Adam S. Bauman
Source: Seattle Times
[Shorter version of Are searches in civil cases also violating rights? | Los Angeles Times (California) | 23 October 1995.] IT'S AN issue of copyright against constitutional rights. Some copyright holders, particularly software makers, are using a special court order to send their employees legally into one's home. At 6:30 a.m. on July 26, off-duty U.S. marshals and officials from software maker Novell Inc. rang the doorbell at Joseph and Miki Casalino's home outside Salt Lake City. They were there, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Sep 13, 1995
Church of Scientology loses fight against former member — CNN
Type: Press
Source: CNN
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – A former member and critic of the Church of Scientology should be getting his research on Scientology back from the church. A federal judge Tuesday ordered the church to return the files that another judge had ordered seized. Larry Wollersheim operates a computer bulletin board that distributes information critical of the Church of Scientology. The church claimed Wollersheim violated copyright and trademark laws and demanded the board's materials. But the new ruling says "the public interest is ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 26, 1995
Church of Scientology protects secrets on the Internet — CNN
Type: Press
Source: CNN
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Church of Scientology is going to unusual lengths to protect the secrecy of copyrighted church secrets. Two weeks ago, Arnie Lerma's home office was raided by U.S. Marshal's accompanied by lawyers and officials from the Church of Scientology. While the marshal's stood by, Lermas' computer was dismantled and carried away. He left the church 17 years ago after what he calls a dispute involving his romance with the daughter of church founder L. Ron Hubbard. He's been ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 26, 1995
Scientology critics claim harassment for using Internet — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Jennifer Bjorhus
Source: Seattle Times
As the Church of Scientology battles a band of cyberspace dissidents - seizing computers and papers from the homes of vocal online critics in the past two weeks - local defectors charge they are being harassed for speaking out against the church. Robert Vaughn Young and Stacy Young, longtime staff members who left the Church of Scientology in 1989, complained to police that Scientologists have picketed their house in West Seattle at least five times in the past two weeks. They ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 23, 1995
Church of Scientology group sues Post — Washington Post
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Washington Post
An arm of the Church of Scientology has sued The Washington Post and two of its reporters in an attempt to prevent publication of copyrighted information that belongs to the church. In an amendment to a suit filed against an Arlington man Aug. 11 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, the Religious Technology Center asks that the newspaper return certain documents and refrain from publishing information that the church claims is confidential scriptures protected by federal laws. The church originally sued ...
Aug 23, 1995
Scientology foes' data seized // Homes in Boulder, Niwot raided by U.S. marshals — Denver Post
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Type: Press
Source: Denver Post
BOULDER — A computerized attack on the Church of Scientology was halted yesterday when U.S. marshals raided the homes of two church detractors. The marshals turned over the computers and documents to officials of the church. "Marshals just hauled out all kinds of public records," said detractor Lawrence Wollersheim of Boulder. " . . . attorney-client privilege documents, books legally purchased at any B Dalton bookstore. This was a Scientology cult raid to seize the confidential records of FACTNet." FACTNet is ...
Aug 23, 1995
Scientology unit sues Washington Post — Washington Times
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Washington Times
The Religious Technology Center (RTC) yesterday sued The Washington Post and two of its reporters, charging they have engaged in "extensive intentional copyright infringement and trade secrets misappropriation, targeting confidential Scientology scriptures." RTC, which holds the intellectual property rights of Scientology, filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema will hold a hearing Friday on a temporary restraining order and RTC's impoundment application to retrieve its documents from the newspaper. The new ...
Aug 19, 1995
Church in cyberspace // Its scared writ is on the net, its lawyers are on the case — Washington Post
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Marc Fisher
Source: Washington Post
It was 9:30 and Arnie Lerma was lounging in his living room in Arlington, drinking his Saturday morning coffee, hanging. Suddenly, a knock at the door — who could it be at this hour? — and boom, before he could force anything out of his mouth, they were pouring into his house: federal marshals, lawyers, computer technicians, cameramen. They stayed for three hours last Saturday. They inventoried and confiscated everything Lerma cherished: his computer, every disk in the place, his client ...
Aug 10, 1995
Arlington man becomes focus of Internet copyright debate // Year-long fued with church ends in N. Arlington raid — Northern Virginia Sun (Arlington, VA)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Nita Rao
Source: Northern Virginia Sun (Arlington, VA)
U.S. marshals seized computer equipment and files Friday from an Arlington man charged with posting copyrighted materials on the Internet criticizing the Church of Scientology. The church has filed a lawsuit against Arnaldo Lerma, 44, of 6045 N. 26th Rd., and his Internet access provider, Vienna-based Digital Gateway Systems, claiming copyright infringement. The controversy which culminated in last week's raid began a year ago after church officials warned both Lerma and DGS to cease posting "confidential and unpublished" Scientology teachings. The ...
Apr 10, 1995
Free speech — Spotlight
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Lawrence Wollersheim
Source: Spotlight
The following message was posted on the Internet. The author, Lawrence Wollersheim recently won a $4 million judgment against the Church of Scientology. The church is extremely concerned about the numerous defections and a number of successful lawsuits and criminal proceedings against it, particularly in Europe. Subject: Emergency message to Internet users interested In protecting the freedom of information in the Internet. From Lawrence Wollersheim, co-director of FACTNet. For those of you unfamiliar with me I am a co-director of the ...
Mar 3, 1995
Showdown in cyberspace // Scientologists stymied in bod to stifle Internet exchange — L.A. Weekly (California)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Brian Alcorn
Source: L.A. Weekly (California)
"We believe that all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others." — From "The Creed of the Church of Scientology" IT WAS A GLORIOUS DAY FOR A PICNIC, WARM, CLEAR and bright. Even that old cynic, Sunset Boulevard, looked young and innocent under the sun's radiant benevolence. All around the parking lot of the Church of Scientology's, "Big Blue" headquarters, ...
Feb 20, 1995
Are firms liable for employee 'Net postings? — Network World
More: books.google.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Adam Gaffin
Source: Network World
The Church of Scientology last week filed suit in a bitter dispute over Internet postings that raises questions about the responsibility of network managers for policing their end users. The church sued former member Dennis Erlich, a North Hollywood, Calif., bulletin board system (BBS), and Internet provider Netcom On-Line Services, Inc. for copyright violations. The church alleges that Erlich used the bulletin board, which relies on Netcom for Usenet connectivity, to post copyrighted church teachings. The church is seeking monetary damages ...
Feb 13, 1995
Scientology Raids Dennis Erlich's House — XenuTV
Feb 2, 1995
CyberSurfing / Scientology deplores net losses — Washington Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Leiby
Source: Washington Post
Perturbations, pleasures and predicaments on the information superhighway: The controversial Church of Scientology is not making any new friends on the Internet. In recent weeks, attorneys for the church have threatened legal action against people who they say post church documents in the alt.religion.scientology discussion group. Now the church wants to shut down the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup entirely, claiming its top-secret "scriptures" are being revealed, and its copyrights and trade secrets violated. "We are trying to deal with an anarchy created by ...
Jan 25, 1995
Religious fracas debunks myths of anarchy on net — Los Angeles Times (California)
Dec 1, 1994
Litigation noir // Ford Greene thought he knew all about hardball litigation. Then he sued the Church of Scientology. — California Lawyer
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Steven Pressman
Source: California Lawyer
It was a strange way to describe an aspect of a theology. But L. Ron Hubbard, the highly successful science-fiction writer who founded the Church of Scientology in the 1950s, had little tolerance for those who challenged his beliefs. And so it was, at one time, that Scientology scripture came to include an unusual litigation clause: "The only way to defend anything is to attack, and if you ever forget that, then you will lose every battle you are ever engaged ...
Aug 3, 1994
A battle of beliefs waged in megabytes — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: groups.google.com, pqasb.pqarchiver.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Wayne Garcia
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientologists and their critics are colliding in cyberspace. The critics started the fight, creating an electronic bulletin board dubbed alt.religion.scientology on the Internet, a worldwide web of computer networks with an audience pushing 25-million. Then they downloaded their knowledge and opinions in e-mail messages that just about anyone with a computer, a little money and a modem can view. "As you will see, Scientology is astronomically prohibitive," one anonymous writer said on a.r.s in a message that reprinted the church's price ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 3, 1994
Network gives voice to former Scientologists — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: groups.google.com, pqasb.pqarchiver.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Wayne Garcia
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Computers have done what years of opposition couldn't do, uniting the handful of former Scientologists who have waged war against the Church of Scientology. These dissidents are now gathered under the rubric of the Fight Against Coercive Tactics (FACT) network, or FACTnet, a free data base and electronic bulletin board available to the public. The network, based in Golden, Colo., electronically stockpiles information critical of Scientology, from affidavits to court rulings to federal investigations. Although fewer than 150 people now use ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 1, 1993
Jury set to debate 'Sally' suit // Raphael's show 'needed an image,' plaintiff's attorney says — Ann Arbor News
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Chong W. Pyen
Source: Ann Arbor News
Jury deliberations were to begin this morning in a lawsuit brought by an Ann Arbor Scientologist against television talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael over the airing of a secretly taped family conversation. After four weeks of testimony by dozens of witnesses, including Raphael and the plaintiff, Dorothy Jean Dickerson, attorneys Tuesday made closing arguments in a case that puts an individual's right to privacy against the public's right to know. Washtenaw Circuit Judge Melinda Morris was to give jury instructions ...
Nov 19, 1993
Judge lets talk host know who runs show — Detroit Free Press
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Maryanne George
Source: Detroit Free Press
Making her courtroom debut in Ann Arbor, Sally Jessy Raphael hosted the morning round of testimony Thursday, defending herself in a lawsuit over an edition of her talk show about the Church of Scientology. Raphael, in a taupe suit and her trademark red eyeglasses, nodded deferentially to the jury, as if it were an audience, and interrogated lawyers. Finally, Washtenaw County Circuit Judge Melinda Morris told her to knock it off. "Put yourself in the position of people you ask questions ...
Nov 9, 1993
Talk show host may testify here in Scientology suit — Ann Arbor News
More: link
Type: Press
Source: Ann Arbor News
Woman charges Sally Jessy Raphael's airing of a conversation filmed here violated her privacy. On a warm June Sunday two years ago, Dorothy Jean Dickerson was teaching a Sunday school class when she had a surprise visit from her two grown children. They walked over to a little park in downtown Ann Arbor and talked about her religious life and how she had been out of touch with her children. The conversation, part of the children's desperate attempt to get their ...
Jun 14, 1993
Church's litany of lawsuits — The National Law Journal
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Andrew Blum
Source: The National Law Journal
Scientology's leaders say the best defense is a good offense. DID THE CHURCH of Scientology kill a judge's dog during a trial? Did the judge, who is now dead, think church members did? Did that lead him to be prejudiced, and bias the jury against the church? These and other issues are part of an intense battle by the church's litigation machine to overturn what remains of a $30 million verdict won in 1986 by former church member Larry Wollersheim. Mr. ...
Tag(s): Alexander R. JonesAmerican Psychological Association (APA)Andrew BlumAuditingBowles & MoxonCharles B. O'ReillyChurch of Scientology International (CSI)Church of Scientology of California (CSC)Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Copyright, trademark, patentCult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)Daniel A. LeipoldDeprogrammingEarle C. CooleyEdward CopelandEli LillyEric M. LiebermanFair gameFloyd AbramsFood and Drug Administration (FDA)Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)Galen KellyGerald A. FefferHeber C. JentzschHill & KnowltonInternal Revenue Service (IRS)J. Walter ThompsonJonathan W. LubellJudge Peter K LeisureJudge Ronald E. SwearingerJudge Stanley SporkinJustice Clarence ThomasKendrick L. MoxonKenneth P. MundyKurt WeilandLaurie BertilsonLawrence "Larry" WollersheimLawsuitLeta SchlosserMargaret Thaler SingerMark GoldowitzMembershipMichael Lee HertzbergMonique E. YinglingOperation Snow WhitePaine-Webber Group Inc.Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride)Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)Reader's DigestReligious Technology Center (RTC)Richard BeharScientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power (article)Silencing criticism, censorshipStephen A. KentStrategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP)The American LawyerThe National Law JournalTIME MagazineTimothy BowlesWhat is Scientology? (book)WPP Group
Jun 29, 1992
Suit against Cazares rejected — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: news.google.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Curtis Krueger
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two Scientologists who claimed former Pinellas Democratic Chairman Gabe Cazares violated Florida's hate crimes law by ejecting them from a meeting. Cazares said the outcome showed that "their tactic of trying to silence their critics and enemies by threats of suits under the hate crimes law is a tactic that will not work." However, Paul Johnson, the attorney who represented the two Scientologists, intends to file an amended version of the lawsuit next week, ...
May 6, 1991
The Scientologists and Me — TIME Magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Richard Behar
Source: TIME Magazine
Strange things seem to happen to people who write about Scientology. Journalist Paulette Cooper wrote a critical book on the cult in 1971. This led to a Scientology plot (called Operation Freak-Out) whose goal, according to church documents, was "to get P.C. incarcerated in a mental institution or jail." It almost worked: by impersonating Cooper, Scientologists got her indicted in 1973 for threatening to bomb the church. Cooper, who also endured 19 lawsuits by the church, was finally exonerated in 1977 ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jan 31, 1990
Copyright dispute blocks biography of Scientology founder — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Jan 31, 1990
Hubbard biography — Associated Press
Jan 31, 1990
Judge bars Hubbard biography; cites use of copyrighted works — New York Law Journal
Jan 31, 1990
Law [Federal judge bars publication of unflattering biography of Scientology founder. ...] — Wall Street Journal
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