Scientology Crime Syndicate

From: Valerie Emanuel <jemanuel@bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 06:11:57 -0400

Subject: Unauthorized Use of Registered Trademark
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 19:23:57 EDT
From: AMPaquette@aol.com
To: jemanuel@bellsouth.net
CC: AMPaquette@aol.com

Dear Ms. Emanuel:

Our office represents Religious Technology Center ("RTC"), the owner of the trademark and service mark "SCIENTOLOGY". The mark "SCIENTOLOGY" is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office under registration numbers 1,775,441; 1,540,928; 1,342, 353; 1,329,474; 1,318,717; 1,306,997; 898018. We have been informed that you have registered this trademark in the following domain name:


(hereinafter referred to as "Infringing Domain").

Your registration of the Infringing Domain has caused your name to be falsely associated with our client's registered mark as owner and creates a likelihood of confusion as to source or sponsorship of this web site, in violation of United States state and federal law, including the Lanham Act, 17 U.S.C. section 1114 et seq., and various state and foreign laws. As you may well be aware, the United States Legislature recently passed the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act which expressly prohibits the precise conduct in which you are now engaging with regard to this domain name.

Accordingly, on behalf of our client, we hereby demand that you immediately cease and desist from all uses of the Infringing Domain and that you take immediate action to cancel your registration of the Infringing Domain. We require a prompt response from you with a statement of your agreement to comply with this demand.

You may contact me either by telephone, telefax or my e-mail address at "AMPaquette@aol.com.

Ava Paquette
Moxon & Kobrin
3055 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 900
Los Angeles, California 90010
Tel: (213) 487-4468
Fax: (213) 487-5385

(Note: She then sent a second e-mail, saying disregard first e-mail, because the domain name was actually 'scientology-info.org'.)


Let me start off by saying that I do not recognize your claimed 'legal rights' in this matter. I do not recognize a word such as 'scientology' as being copyrightable, any more than I would accept my church's claim to copyright the term 'christian'. I also note that you have nothing to say about my current ownership of the domain name 'scientology-kills.org'.

Let me also say how silly it is of you to send me e-mail, which can be so easily forged, if this matter is of such importance to your organization. You'd think a lawyer would have better sense, and would use the proper channels--a certified letter, for instance. In the future I won't reply to e-mail. Please make a note of that.

That being said, I seem to remember trying to register this domain name some months ago--sometime last year, in fact. However, I have never paid for this registration or received anything from whatever body currently governs the registration of domain names on the Net. I also don't have any current plans to further pursue the holding of this domain name.

Now, go away and stop bothering me.

Valerie Emanuel



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