Archive Message - 1995

From!!!!!!!!not-for-mail Thu Sep 7 09:28:34 1995 Path:!!!!!!!!not-for-mail From: (Andrew Milne) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: XS4ALL remove infringing document Date: 6 Sep 1995 18:18:42 -0700 Organization: CRL Dialup Internet Access (415) 705-6060 [Login: guest] Lines: 62 Message-ID: <42lh9i$> NNTP-Posting-Host: X-Newsreader: TIN [version 1.2 PL2] On 5th September a Church of Scientology representative, an attorney and a bailiff went to the offices of XS4ALL, which is a computer site in Amsterdam that had been posting copies of a document contained copyrighted, unpublished Scientology materials. XS4ALL were requested to remove the infringing material from their site and agreed to do so. A check of the site a few hours later verified that the document in question was now unable to be accessed from this web site. Access providers are expected to take action on complaints that they receive, which is the traditional way in which access providers have in the past dealt with suspected lawbreakers on the Internet. An access provider has a responsibility to promulgate rules of conduct for its users and to enforce those rules. Most access providers have such rules and enforce them in a range of situations. Copyright infringers have no First Amendment protection. When evidence is presented of violation of intellectual property rights, access providers have a responsibility to take action. The "press release" posted on this incident suggested that the Church had taken action in the United States against "critics" on the Internet. No, they are not critics, they are thieves masquerading as critics in order to divert attention from their illegal actions. Although this newsgroup has been in existence for more than three years and has generated thousands upon thousands of anti-Scientology messages, the Church took no action against it until a few of its regulars engaged in rampant, unlawful conduct by repeatedly posting to it copies of the Church's copyrighted, unpublished and confidential scriptures. The Church of Scientology is a strong proponent of free speech and an advocate of human rights. The Church's human rights work is done to protect those who have been abused, not to insulate wrongdoers from the consequences of their unlawful actions. Copyright holders other than the Church have staged hundreds of raids to seize infringing materials, so it is not at all unusual in the intellectual properties field. In April, Microsoft conducted a raid to help prevent pirating of Windows '95 software. Thirteen computers, eleven modems, various databases and even a satellite dish were seized from the Kentucky-based "Assassins Guild," a private computer bulletin board. Business records, tax returns and other documents were also seized. It is not just software manufacturers who have had to resort to seizures to protect their rights. Disney, Reebock, Harley Davidson and Warner Brothers have also done so.


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