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  • Anton Hein <ahein@apologeticsindex.org>
    I posted the following message to AR-talk: As you know, I do not hold Scientology in high regard. I have documented - and continue to do so - the cult s
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2003
      I posted the following message to AR-talk:

      As you know, I do not hold Scientology in high regard. I have
      documented - and continue to do so - the cult's unethical behavior,
      in an effort to alert as many people as possible to Scientology's
      evil nature.

      As recently as yesterday (Cental European Time), I noted
      Scientology's hate and harassment activities, which the cult's
      members justify with their founder's scriptures:

      :===Begin Quote===
      The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to
      win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment
      on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that
      he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his
      professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.
      - L. Ron Hubbard, A Manual on the Dissemination of Material, 1955
      (See: The Purpose of a Lawsuit is to Harass)
      :===End Quote===

      The other day, in response to a question by Michael Meiring, I posted
      the following:

      :===Begin Quote===
      Lots of online books that expose Scientology for what it is are
      collected here:

      See especially Margery Wakefield's

      Understanding Scientology

      By the same author, the article:
      What Christians need to know about Scientology
      :===End Quote===

      Last night I received this message from Gospelcom, referring to one
      of the books included on the Scientology books page mentioned above:

      :===Begin Quote===
      From: AMPaquette@... [mailto:AMPaquette@...]
      Sent: Friday, February 07, 2003 1:25 PM
      To: jrw@...; info@...
      Cc: z@...; AMPaquette@...
      Subject: Notice of Copyright Infringement

      Dear Gentlepersons:

      Our office represents Religious Technology Center ("RTC"), the
      owner of the confidential Advanced Technology of the Scientology
      religion and the holder of exclusive rights under the copyrights
      applicable to the Advanced Technology materials. The Advanced
      Technology materials are confidential, unpublished, copyrighted
      RTC's works include, among others, the individual works comprising a
      level known as "OT III". These works are registered with the United
      States Copyright Office under registration number TXu 290 496.

      We also represent Bridge Publications, Inc. ("BPI"), exclusive
      licensee of the copyrights to thousands of published works of the
      Scientology religion.
      These include the following:

      Work/Registration Number

      HCO Policy Letter of 16 October 1968 -
      Treason Formula
      A 356184
      RE 742-526
      A 599650
      TX 2-238-614

      HCO Policy Letter of 23 October 1967 -
      Enemy Formula
      A 356184
      RE 742-526
      A 599650
      TX 2-238-614

      HCO Policy Letter of 6 October 1967R -
      Conditions of Liability and Doubt
      A 356184
      RE 742-526
      A 599650
      TX 2-238-614

      Professional Auditors Bulletin 83 -
      The Conditions of Existence, 8 May 1956
      A 418935
      RE 252-067

      HCO Policy Letter of 23 September 1967
      - New Post Formula - The Conditions
      A 358904
      RE 718-584

      HCO Policy Letter of 31 May 1968 -
      TX 2-239-494
      RE 742-502

      Ability Issue 56, early October 1957 - The
      Eighteenth ACC
      B 674-223
      RE 265-565

      This letter constitutes notice that one of Gospelcom.net's
      members, Apolegetics Index, has placed RTC's Advanced Technology
      and the BPI works noted in the table above, on its web page on
      Gospelcom.net's web site without the authorization of our clients.
      These copyrighted works can be following under the following URL:


      Gospelcom's member's action in this regard violates United
      copyright law.
      Accordingly, we request that these copyrighted works be removed

      Our clients have obtained numerous permanent injunctions
      concerning Internet infringements of the same and similar copyrighted
      works. For instance, in May 1998, a jury in the United States
      District Court in San Jose, California assessed damages in the amount
      of $75,000 against a Mr. Henson for copyright infringement on the
      Internet. Mr. Henson was also permanently enjoined by the court
      against further infringements. A United States District Court in
      the state of Virginia granted judgment for damages, costs, and a
      permanent injunction related to similar copyright infringement.
      Permanent injunctions have also been entered in three additional U.S.

      Recent case law has likewise upheld the now settled proposition
      that an internet service provider "who, with knowledge of the
      infringing activity, induces, causes or materially contributes to the
      infringing conduct of another" may be held liable as a "contributory"
      infringer. A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004, 1019
      (9th Cir. 2001) (where the court found service provider, Napster,
      liable for knowingly permitting copyright infringement to continue
      occurring on its system); Perfect 10, Inc. v. Cybernet Ventures,
      213 F.Supp.2d 1146 (C.D. Cal. 2002) (where court granted preliminary
      injunction in favor of copyright owner, holding that the service
      provider's failure to "expeditiously" remove copyright infringements
      from its system after being on notice of it, defeated the service
      provider's attempted to seek protection under the safe harbor under
      the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.)

      Moreover, several of these same infringements have been removed
      immediately upon notice, by several internet service providers,
      including AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Lycos and The-Spa.

      I have a good faith belief, and in fact know for certain, that
      the posting of these works by your member on his or her web page was
      not authorized by my clients, any agent of my clients, or the law.

      I declare under penalty of perjury that this information is
      accurate and that I am authorized to act on behalf of RTC and BPI in
      this matter.

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

      Such messages are known to Scientology critics as "ava-grams." Many
      such notices are frivolous at best. See some of these
      alt.religion.scientology (Usenet) messages:

      *However*, note that the full text of the book referred to is
      available all over the Internet - and has been for a long time:

      I could, of course, just as easily link to that item. This is the
      approach recently taken by Slashdot.com in answer to a similar
      complaint from Ava Paquette:

      That said, I believe that this Ava-gram (like so many similar
      messages sent by Scientology lawyers) is frivolous. The item
      referred to includes what I - and others - believe to be 'fair use'
      quotes of Scientology materials. (Note that I have not even found
      all the items referred to in Margery Wakefield's book). If they are
      not 'fair use' quotes, why is the full text still available at all
      the other Internet sites where it is posted?

      The Keith Henson case Ms. Paquette refers to is discussed here:

      Note that Mr. Henson posted the *full text* of Nots 34 to the

      That said, I find the timing of this particular ava-gram interesting,
      to say the least.

      Anyway, as always, it is highly instructive to read those materials
      that Scientology tries hardest to suppress. I encourage you to do

      I will discuss this case with a lawyer here in Holland. Gospelcom's
      own legal professionals will also look into the issue.

      If need be, I will move the file in question to a server at XS4ALL -
      the Internet provider known around the world for a) its defense of
      freedom of speech, and b) standing up to Scientology and hosting the
      world's first legal Fishman homepage:

      For the time being, I am replacing the PDF file Ms. Paquette objects
      to with links to the exact same information available elsewhere on

      In closing, be careful and alert. The Bible says:

      :===Begin Quote===
      Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like
      a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)
      :===End Quote===

      :===Begin Quote===
      ... Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. {15} It is not
      surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of
      righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
      (2 Corinthians 11:14-15 NIV)
      :===End Quote===

      "Exposing Scientology for what it really is."
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