Property Keyed to Rabin
Religious Technology Ctr. v. Lerma
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Lerma (Defendant) posted online the sacred texts of the Church of Scientology, called the Operating Thetan Documents (OTDs), over which the Religious Technology Center (Plaintiff) held copyright. The Church of Scientology followed strict protocols over the distribution and disclosure of the texts, limiting them to only certain church members and storing them in guarded vaults, and requiring nondisclosure agreements from all church members. Defendant posted to a website substantial portions of the texts with little or no commentary. Plaintiff sued Defendant for copyright infringement.
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