Scientology/Lawfare

Slashdot reports this morning:

“From the EFF webpage: ‘Over a period of twelve hours, between this Thursday night and Friday morning, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology.'”

Some thoughts:

1: This shows how an organization engaged in Influence Warfare can use the Western Legal System (aka Lawfare) to protect (provide security for) itself against counterattacks.

2: Can a religion or religious philosophy be copyrighted? In the use, copyright is supposed to be used for creative or artistic stuff. Does “religion” fit into that? I don’t think so. I think religion is “public domain” so to speak.

3: I think my first amendment freedom of religion rights lets me discuss Scientology in any medium through any media that I want.

(video clip found from here)

Update: The videos are back.

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One Response

  1. When there is restriction, the internet just goes around it. Look at China’s Great Firewall. Having your video stripped off the internet is just going to lead to a larger blowback. Look at what Anonymous did to Scientology, and they just were doing it for the “lulz.”

    Lawfare doesn’t work that well online. Influence Warfare on the other hand, requires a much softer touch.

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