Copyright Lawsuits Not a Wise Move for Scientology
We are well past the point where efforts to silence critics – whether it be by harassment, threats, social or physical aggression, or lawsuits – has ceased to be an effective tool for Scientology, generally speaking. Given the thousands of extremely well-connected web-savvy Anonymous protesters and the ultra-charged Old Guard critics (e.g., Mark “Wise Beard Man” Bunker, Tory Christman, Andreas Heldal-Lund), each act of attempted suppression by the cult is all but guaranteed to be heard about by thousands of eager protesters around the world in literally a matter of hours. This much is not news to the protesters.
What will be news to many people was reported recently on Sky News (video below). I’ll let the video do most of the talking, but here is the crux: When it comes to issues of copyright infringement – one of Scientology’s favourite grounds for lawsuits – the lawsuit, or even a threat thereof, essentially guarantees that the copyrighted material will be viewed by the largest audience possible. For once a story becomes newsworthy – which threat or actuality of legal action by Scientology would surely be – news agencies can report the story with impunity from legal action. As in the case of the leaked Tom Cruise video back in January, once the CoS begins threatening lawsuits they hand every news agency in the world a get-out-of-court-free card, enabling these countless agencies to put this story in the face of essentially every person on the planet with access to major media. In the words of the lawyer in the video, Scientology’s response to the Tom Cruise video leak turned a crisis into a disaster. A colossal foot-bullet.
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