Similar Tactics ?

Some of Zoom's tactics to discourage anyone from trying to tell the truth about him are similar to those often used by members of the Church of Scientology when they object to material published about the church.

"The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on sombody that is on the thin edge anyway, well knowling that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly."

-- L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology  

" For those faint hearted that have heard what Scientology does to its critics, take heart. It is not generally known, but if you can last out the harassment Scientology is horribly unsuccessful in the courts. It really has NO victories other than intimidating critics by spending or scaring them into silence. Like usaually attacks those who have no insurance or whom they believe are weak or they can intimidate and wear down."

- Lawrence Wollersheim, ex-Scientologist, director of FACTNet    

On Nov. 8, 1995 the Church of Scientology brought suit against ZS4ALL, three other access providers, and the propritor of a CoS-related Web page, newspaper columnist Karin Spaink. The lawsuit contained a novel theory (also espoused by Senator Exon in the indecency debate in June 1995): a Web hyperlink to an illegal document, even though it is on someone else's server, constitutes an illegal reproduction of that document.

CoS's complaint said that "When the infriging documents are made available to others by a so-called 'hyperlink',, a 'built-in' reference to another document (wheter or not on a different system) that, when activated, causes the publication and/or duplication, this must also be regarded as publication and/or duplication by the user and the provider."

-- Jonathan Wallace and Mark Mangan, from the book: "Sex, Laws, and Cyberspace  
- Freedom and Censorship on the frontiers of the online revolution"



Updated 04-06-98