From the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet November 25 1996

The religious hunt continues

Scientologists work hard hunting down people who publish revealing facts on the Internet. Questionable law is used to scare the Internet providers into closing down Norwegian home pages.

- Nothing to take notice of, claims Norwegian lawyer.

By Helle Høiness

- Many are scared when they get milelong letters from American lawyers who claim copyright and threaten to prosecute, says lawyer Knut Vigeland.
Vigeland has just won a case in High Court (Lagmannsretten) where a client who had been swindled now has been awarded compensation from the Church of Scientology in Oslo. Vigeland has because of this case become well-known with the methods used by the Church of Scientology.
- First of all you should demand that any accusations are in Norwegian. Threats of prosecution is meaningless if there is no documentation of copyright according to Norwegian law and they refer to the actual Norwegian laws that have been violated. In USA there are 50 states and none of them have the same laws. In Norway we follow Norwegian laws, says lawyer Vigeland.
He emphasizes that the Church of Scientology is not a church, but a business enterprise.

Nordic warfare
On November 8th Norwegian Andreas Heldal-Lund made available secret Scientology papers on the Internet for everybody to see. This has resulted in an explosive reaction from both the Norwegian and American church.
- After I put the documents on the Internet I've been visited by representatives from the church. They behaved very threateningly, says Heldal-Lund.
Since the documents were published two weeks ago they have been copied to numerous home pages on the Internet and Scientologists have begun a hopeless job of fire extinguishing. The minute the church manages to close down one home page, new copies appear new places on the net. Fights over the same documents are going on both in Sweden and Denmark.

Threatens with USA laws
Several Norwegian Internet providers have closed down Heldal-Lund's home pages when the Church of Scientology have contacted them and threatened with American laws of copyright. Nettguiden in Østfold has however had the secret Scientology documents available since the 15th of November.
- I will let the documents be available here until I get a Norwegian court order that says what we do is illegal. I have received a big number of calls from USA. Recently I got a mail from a Norwegian lawyer who represents the church. She claims that the church has been given approval in similar cases both in Sweden and Denmark. This I have asked the lawyer to substantiate, says Øivind Robbestad who is editor of Nettguiden.
Inger Dørstad at the lawyer firm Haavind and Haga confirms that the Church of Scientology is her client. She will for the time being not tell what the church will be doing in the Internet case.

Follow the religious net war
Andreas Heldal-Lund: Operation Clambake (http://www.xenu.net/news/)


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