Someone should remind those Scientologist nutjobs: that’s just not how the internet works. While the CoS is one of the very very few organizations that have successfully forced posts to be removed from slashdot, they have not been able to keep their secret (and totally hilarious) creation mythology off the internet.
And you would think they would have learned their lesson by now! Every time there is a dust-up like this one where the CoS tries to use US copyright law to censor materials that have been published somewhere online, the news attention just results in a wider republication of that information. That is how the internet works: when something secret or valuable is posted online, lots of people make copies. If someone objects, and it gets in the news, hundreds of thousands of people who would never have noticed the offending material download a personal copy to their very own hard drive. If the first copy is taken down, someone else (or usually, many other people) will simply republish their copies and the cycle repeats until the would-be censor just gives up. This has happened over and over and over and over again, and there is no reason to expect that the outcome will be any different with the Tom Cruise crazyman video.
Here are links to all the copies I found online this morning, after just two minutes of searching:
I’m sure there are loads more that I haven’t found. I have now downloaded and saved my own copy, so if through some unforseeable catastrophe involving volcanos, aliens, and hydrogen bombs, all the existing copies are destroyed, I can repost it somewhere else. As all those copies on YouTube obviously demonstrate, there is no turning back the clock on this one.
Gawker (link 5, above) has apparently received a letter from the CoS, threatening a copyright infringement lawsuit if they don’t remove the video. Good luck with that, guys… love to see it go to trial, so that your “evidence” is placed in the public domain, and everyone in the world gets a good close look at what a bunch of crackpots you are.
But to a bunch of people who are gullible enough to adopt a religion that was started by a paranoid second-rate scifi author in the 1950s because “that’s where the money is,” I guess little details like consensus reality probably just don’t matter.