COURT LETS POST KEEP SCIENTOLOGY TEXTS - 1995-08-31

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F43.png COURT LETS POST KEEP SCIENTOLOGY TEXTS August 31, 1995, Charles W. Hall, Washington Post

A federal judge in Alexandria yesterday permitted The Washington Post to retain a copy of Church of Scientology texts and to use the texts in its news reporting, saying the paper's news-gathering rights far outweigh claims that the documents are protected by copyright and trade secrecy laws.

U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema refused to issue a preliminary injunction against The Post, saying its excerpts of the church's texts in an Aug. 19 Style section article were brief and did not diminish the texts' value to the worldwide church.

The article, which reported on lawsuits filed by the church to prevent critics from putting its texts on the Internet computer network, included brief quotations from Scientology documents obtained from a federal court file in Los Angeles.


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