Last Update: April 6, 2008
This page is not an exhaustive overview of the various legal cases involving Scientology. Its aim is to show that contrary to the high expectations of critics in 1995-1996 when the CoS brought suit against them for copyright infringement over the Internet, the court ruled in favor of Scientology in ten cases out of the eleven that made up the bulk of the cases at the time. Today the question of whether posting copyrighted material is an issue of free speech or not is not even relevant anymore as it has pretty much been settled by the cases below. There may be other copyrighted-related or non-copyrighted-related legal cases that came afterwards but, as said above, unless it changes something to the present situation, it is beyond the scope of this page.
This page mostly came about after the following post was published in the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup:
In the meantime, both Factnet and Dennis Erlich have settled as well, bringing the score to 10:0.
There is, however, one exception to the above list, and this is Karin Spaink's case. The final development of this case happened at a time when I was not able to follow its many intricacies, nor have I been able to catch-up yet, so please refer to the Wikipedia page on Karin Spaink. This case is the one win by critics out of the eleven cases.
I was unable to find a critical web page that would give an overview of the final outcome of the cases lost by critics as above. All I am able to find (in the plenty) is information about the one case they won. If by any chance you find such a link, kindly forward it to me and I will post it here. In the meantime, here is what I found:
The Church of Scientology vs. the Net - This page, created by Ron Newman, was THE page tracing out the fate of the cases above at the time. It only has an historical value, because it has not been updated since Oct 1996, and of course completely fails to give the end result of the whole battle. The page refers to xenu.net for more recent information, but the one page I was able to find on xenu.net regarding legal matters, the Scientology Court Files page, has not been updated since Nov 1996, giving only one month worth of extra information, and completely out of date as well regarding the cases above.
Scientology and the Legal System - This page, maintained by Modemac, is not only out of date, it also fails to link to affidavits of people who in the meantime have issued subsequent affidavits that basically recant those posted on that web site, such as Vicky Aznaran and Stacy Young.
Scientology and the legal system - from Wikipedia. This page, containing a section on "Notable Scientology court cases" is the most up-to-date I was able to find. As of this writing, however, this page is silent on most, if not all, the cases above, except of course for the one of Karin Spaink. These cases, that were so prominent at the time and which brought in so many Old Guard critics (much like the Tom Cruise video episode brought in the many anonymouses), all of a sudden are not "notable" enough to even be mentioned. I wonder why...
As I said above, if you know of a better link, please let me know.
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