Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Spoof site faces religious lawsuit
A New Zealand website spoofing Hollywood actor Tom Cruise and his religion of choice is facing legal action from the Church of Scientology.
The church is not amused by scienTOMogy - which features spoof videos of the star - and says it is breaching copyright.
When Cruise engaged in some sofa stomping, he coined a new phrase called jumping the couch - the defining moment when someone has gone of the deep end.
From that moment Glen Stollery has been chronicling Cruise's crusade to promote the Scientology Church.
The church is not amused however and says the website name is too similar to its own.
It has sent an impressive legal letter to the Aucklander ordering him to turn over the website name to them or face the consequences of a $100,000 law suit.
"There's nothing wrong with what I've done. It makes it very clear it's not a scientology site," Stollery says.
The potential law suit has turned scienTOMogy into a cult of its own, with entertainment and gossip sites running the story.
"He's criticising but it's clear he's not associated with them and my gut feeling is a court would come down on the side that this is fair criticism," says intellectual property lawyer Earl Gray.
The site has gone from having 100 hits a day to more than a million in a matter of hours.
The church says it has no problem with satirical sites but the name scienTOMogy has to go.
"Trademark law says just changing one letter is still violating the trademark," says Scientology spokesman Mike Ferriss.
Stollery will change the website name to Passion of Cruise but says he won't be relinquishing the scienTOMogy name to the church.
I'd encourage others to boycott too...
I hope the Hollywood Execs get the point.
God help you if you were to make fun of the Pope. I think the Catholic church has other issues to deal with. Chasing after a guy with a website would be the last on their list. I could go on and on, but I think it's safe to say that the CO$ is crazy to make such a fuss. I didn't like Tom Cruise to begin with, I know I won't be seeing a movie of his ever to be sure. Same for the rest of the kooks/"Stars" who believe in something as ludicris as Thetans.
“Show me any person who is critical of us and I’ll show you crimes and intended crimes that would stand a magistrate’s hair on end.”
- L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, 4 April 1965
You know the best way to fight somebody is to just expose their crimes. If somebody's attacking me, I'm not going to, like, pop them in the nose. If somebody's attacking me, I’m just gonna expose their crimes. That's good enough. - Kirstie Alley 20/20 Interview 12/98
Hence anyone who criticizes $cientology
is seen as a "suppressors" - a criminal in the eyes of the CO$, and they will try to shut you up by any means. They sued the IRS in submission, they were in a lawsuit with Time Magazine for 10 years and they eventually lost. $cientology is a psychotic cult.
P.S. Did ScienTOMology already change over to that other domain, is that why his website is no longer working? I wonder if that will stop the harassment.
For a quicker road to hell try SCIENTOLOGY!!
all you Freezoners. Why hasn't CO$ come after you for copyright infringement? Did you really break away from the COS©™ or our you guys just another COS©™ front? Seeing as how the COS©™ hasn't come after you yet for using thier precious religios documents and teaching it without their sanction, I'd guess you're the latter. Either that or now you guys are just making up your own crap and believing in it.
[A 'suppressive Person' is ] Fair Game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by a Scientologist without discipline of the Scientologist [sic] May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed -L. Ron Hubbard
CO$©™ critics are "fair game."
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