Thursday, December 15, 2005
Scientomogy now officially recognised in Wikipedia!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The concept was created by New Zealand webmaster Glen Stollery on a website called scientomogy.info in 2005. The website drew worldwide headlines when the Church of Scientology's attorneys Moxon & Kobrin contacted Stollery, claiming his parody was an infringement of their copyright, despite being a different word by one letter.
In September 2005 the Church of Scientology issued a cease and desist order to Stollery demanding he shut down the site and transfer ownership to the Church, threatening him with a $100,000 lawsuit. The Church's law firm stated that "Scientomogy" would cause a likelihood of confusion with their own, violating the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1125(a).
Stollery originally relented and agreed to change the domain name to passionofcruise.info however in his response made it clear: "We also have a Full Disclaimer at the top of the front page and in the website's meta-tags stating that there is no connection between ourselves and the church. Not to mention the fact that the site is completely non-commercial in nature, and does not generate a single cent of revenue nor offers any services of any kind. It is a parody site showing the recent lunacy of Tom Cruise - confusion of any kind with their site is literally impossible."
After consulting lawyers in October 2005 Stollery responded once againto the church however with a far more agressive stance. Now believing the accusation to be completely frivolous Glen publicly refused challenging the Church in a public statement "I'm keeping my domain, see you in court" Ironically the threats took ScienTOMogy.info overnight from around 100 hits per day to over 14 million hits in a two week period, making the Alexa Internet list of "Top 5 fastest growing websites in the world" over the period. Glen is still waiting for the Church's response to his challenge.
Find more information on Scientomogy by searching Wikinews (news stories)
- www.scientomogy.com (unrelated copycat site)
- Yahoo News coverage of Scientomogy
- MSNBC coverage
Cruise was in New York last night telling NY Firefighters not to take their meds! Heard that on the radio today! He is quickly becoming a Jim Jones minus the followers!
I have half a mind to create a similar website on NLP. Tony Robbins, Richard Bandler, et al have said highly improbabbbl stuff over the decades. A few choice cuttings could be just what the doctor ordered.
Thanks for the inspiration Glen
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