In an Guardian article (also republished in the LA Times) about the French Senate vote on a bill that seeks to criminalise denial of the Armenian genocide of 1915, in which a broader free expression issue is addressed, the cult of scientology's copyright thuggery is mentioned, along with a nod to Operation Clambake .....
The Guardian 18th Jan 2012http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/18/france-genocide-political-brickbat
LA Times link: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la- ... 9238.story
Also republished in The Telegraph, Calcutta, India (Jan 22nd): http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120122/j ... 037614.jsp
So this is but the latest instance of a much wider challenge. What should be the limits of free expression in the internet age? What should be the free speech norms of an interconnected world? And who should set them? These are among the questions being addressed in a project called Free Speech Debate (freespeechdebate.com) that we have just launched at Oxford University. Among the 10 draft principles we offer for debate, criticism and revision, one is especially relevant to the Armenian genocide controversy. It says: "We allow no taboos in the discussion and dissemination of knowledge."
The Church of Scientology uses its copyright in the immortal words of L Ron Hubbard to prevent people seeing the higher secrets of the Operating Thetan. (Tip: if you're interested, search for Operation Clambake.) Today, the English-language Wikipedia was blacked out for 24 hours to protest against the proposed US Stop Online Piracy Act, which, in the current version, will have a disastrous, chilling effect on the free, online dissemination of knowledge.