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May 27, 1990 Court clears Hubbard book for publishing — Mesa Tribune More: link
NEW YORK — An upcoming critical biography of L. Ron Hubbard, author and founder of the Church of Scientology, may be published in its original form, a federal appeals court ruled. The 2nd us. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's ruling in February for New Era Publications International, exclusive licensee of Hubbard's works, which had filed a copyright infringement lawsuit. Hubbard died in 1986. The appeals court held Thursday the book's quotations from Hubbard's published works, which amount to ...
May 27, 1990 Publisher victorious on Hubbard biography — New York Times More: link
New York Times
A Federal appeals court has ruled that a publisher is not required to delete material from a coming biography of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. The ruling, issued Thursday, overturned a lower court's decision, and barring the unlikely chance of a rehearing or a quick reversal by the Supreme Court, the biography will be published in its original form next month. Michael Lee Hertzberg, who argued the case against the publisher, said the plaintiff had not decided ...
May 25, 1990 Law [Copyrighted writings can be used in critical biography...] — Wall Street Journal More: link
Wall Street Journal
COPYRIGHTED WRITINGS can be used in critical biography, court rules. A federal appeals court in New York reversed a lower court ruling that appeared to signify tighter restrictions on the use of copyrighted materials by authors and journalists. The appeals court ruled that Carol Publishing Group's critical biography of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, doesn't violate federal law by including copyrighted quotations from Mr. Hubbard's published writings. The plaintiff was New Era Publications International, a Copenhagen ... Apr 15, 1990 Hubbard hot-author status called illusion — San Diego Union-Tribune More: scientology-lies.com, link
San Diego Union-Tribune
In 1981, St. Martin's Press was offered a sure thing. L. Ron Hubbard, the pulp writer turned religious leader, had written his first science-fiction novel in more than 30 years. If St. Martin's published it, Hubbard aides promised the firm, subsidiary organizations of Hubbard's Church of Scientology would buy at least 15,000 copies. "Battlefield Earth," priced at $24.95, was released the next year in hardcover, rare for a science-fiction title. Despite mixed reviews, the book quickly sold 120,000 copies — enough ...
Mar 12, 1990 Who is the owner of the written word? — Los Angeles Times (California) More: link
Los Angeles Times (California)
Imagine that a biographer is rummaging through an old trunk. He discovers a previously unseen letter from George Washington to Martha. He unfolds the brittle pages. "Martha, I must tell you, I was fibbing when I said, 'I cannot tell a lie.' " When that hypothetical biography is published, will you, the book buyer, get to read the Founding Father's confession? Hard to say. Last month the Supreme Court refused to review an appeals court ruling that copyright law strictly limits ...
Feb 21, 1990 Curbs stand on unpublished writings — Los Angeles Times (California) More:
link Feb 21, 1990 Justices permit strict curbs on use of unpublished writing — Washington Post
Jan 31, 1990 Copyright dispute blocks biography of Scientology founder — Los Angeles Times (California) More:
link Jan 31, 1990 Hubbard biography — Associated Press
Jan 31, 1990 Judge bars Hubbard biography; cites use of copyrighted works — New York Law Journal
Jan 31, 1990 Law [Federal judge bars publication of unflattering biography of Scientology founder. ...] — Wall Street Journal
Jan 30, 1990 Judge bars unauthorized biography L. Ron Hubbard — UPI
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