Sunday, September 11, 2005

Scientology: Two Things I Just Learned

One: Scientology is way wierder than I thought. I'm sure all of you don't have a shock about that one, but reading wikipedia's article Space Opera in Scientology just blows me away. I mean, seriously.

I thought about all the things I'd like to share with you about how weird it is...but I really can't make it any more concise than that. I cannot stress to you enough how much you need to read that article. And not just your average, "Well, that's a weird religion..." as a double Anthropology and Religious Studies Major (read: coffee pouring certification) I can tell you this stuff is well beyond the scope of "normal" crazy religion stuff.

Two: Scientology is responsible for much of modern copyright law, including the DMCA . Here's what Wikipedia's Scientology article has to say on the matter:
The Church also started suing people for posting copies of its copyrighted scriptures on the newsgroup and the World Wide Web, and pressed for tighter restrictions on copyrights in general. This effort was spearheaded by Sonny Bono, a Scientologist, who introduced the controversial Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. The even more controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act was also strongly promoted by the Church and some of its provisions (notably the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act) were heavily influenced by Church litigation against US Internet service providers over copyrighted Scientology materials that had been posted or uploaded through their servers.
The bolding is my own. Pretty nuts to think about the relationship between Scientology and modern copyright laws. And more interesting when you consider the supposed large influence Scientology has over the entertainment industry...and as a result the MPAA and RIAA are benefiting largely from this stuff.

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