Tarry for the Nonce

October 19, 2005

Cruising for Answers

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:57 pm

So the Church of Scientology is upset by the spoof of the Church of Scientology website:

A New Zealand-based website that says it is devoted to “exposing Tom Cruise’s moronic behavior in his relentless crusade to promote the Church of Scientology” has been ordered by church lawyers to stop using the domain name http://www.scientomogy.info . . .

The scienTOMogy.info website has posted an exchange with Moxon & Kobrin lawyer Ava M. Paquette, which began in September, in which Paquette warned that the Church of Scientology owns the trademark to the word Scientology.

“The fact that you have changed one letter (‘m’ instead of ‘l’) does not protect you from trademark infringement,” Paquette wrote before pointing out that infringing on a trademark could lead to a $100,000 fine. Paquette then demanded that the domain name be transferred to the Church of Scientology.

The website responded that it was using the name legally.

The letter isn’t the first time Scientology lawyers have claimed that websites had violated its trademark. San Francisco anti-Scientology activist Kristi Wachter received a similar letter from Kobrin four years ago after she registered the domain name http://www.truthaboutscientology.com

You don’t see Catholics making that kind of fuss about the http:// www. truecatholic. org. Get over it already. Besides – let’s face it – Tom Cruise has more aspects of his life than his religion that deserve mockery.


1 Comment

  1. I’ve decided to become a Scientologist. Their laid back attitude towards marriage, sex, and general partying makes me think its the church for me. Being Catholic was fun, but I just find going to confession to be too darn inconvenient.

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 25, 2005 @ 10:08 am

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