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Summarized by Michael Nielsen

LDS Church's Lawsuit Against Utah Lighthouse Ministry May Have Far Reaching Effects

WASHINGTON, DC -- The lawsuit brought by the LDS Church against the Utah Lighthouse Ministry appears to be affecting new cases concerning copyright on the Internet. The church was victorious in its effort to force the Utah Lighthouse Ministry to remove from its website all material copyrighted by the church. The ruling also ordered removal of all links to copyrighted material posted elsewhere on the Internet.

The judgment is being used in current, high-profile cases. The Motion Publisher's Association of America and the recording industry seek to stop the distribution of their copyrighted materials on the Internet. MPAA was successful in shutting down a website that "rebroadcast" television programs via the Internet. Now the MPAA seeks to shut down the website, which distributes software enabling users to bypass copy protection schemes on DVDs (digital videodiscs), an alternative to videotapes.

In related hearings held recently, LDS Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) came down clearly on the side of Metallica and other groups who are against the distribution of their music via the Internet. That case, which is now before the courts, sought to stop users from using the popular Napster software to share music via the Internet. [In late news today, a Federal judge allowed Napster to continue its service for now.]

These cases are expected to have widespread implications for the Internet community. For example, many individuals operate web sites that use copyrighted images or text in violation of the copyright law. However, it remains unclear whether the church would pursue all violators, but its actions against the Utah Lighthouse Ministry suggest that sites critical of the church will likely be targeted.


Hollywood takes on Net anarchists
Sydney Australia Morning Herald 26Jul00 N1
By Tom Burton


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