January 28, 2008

The Gawker-Scientology Fight Hits the Times [8:26 am]

Scientology Writes; Gawker Rises

At Scientology’s request, YouTube and other sites took down the copyrighted video, but Gawker refused, instead posting and mocking the reproachful letter sent by a Los Angeles lawyer representing the church.

As for whether Gawker will be hauled into court, Karin Pouw, a spokeswoman for the Scientologists, issued a statement that further action had not been “contemplated, let alone decided.” Equating the lawyer’s letter with a threat of a lawsuit amounts to “unsubstantiated rumors” by “those wishing to create further controversy and media attention,” she wrote.

Diane Zimmerman, an intellectual property professor at the New York University School of Law, said Gawker appeared to be within the copyright law’s “fair use” provision, which permits excerpting copyrighted material for news gathering or criticism.

See earlier Gawker Taking on Scientology

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