Item #5 makes it a crime to interpret Hubbard's writings for another person. That's the real meaning of ``verbal tech''. The critical point here is that it's been cleverly slipped in among a set of much more clearly objectionable acts, so that the reader is not given a chance to notice what's really going on.
Note that according to Hubbard's policy, this very web page is an instance of ``verbal tech'', since I am interpreting the bulletin, and quoting from it without showing the actual text. Well, I tried to show the text, but a Scientology lawyer complained about it. Twice!
Return-Path: <email@example.com> Received: from RI.CMU.EDU by ux3.sp.cs.cmu.edu id aa29482; 25 Sep 97 13:26 EDT Received: from [22.214.171.124] by RI.CMU.EDU id aa06911; 25 Sep 97 13:25:48 EDT Received: (from hkk@localhost) by netcom18.netcom.com (8.8.5-r-beta/8.8.5/(NETCOM v1.01)) id KAA29073; Thu, 25 Sep 1997 10:22:08 -0700 (PDT) Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 10:22:07 -0700 (PDT) X-UIDL: 875208745.000 From: Helena Kobrin <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Materials To: email@example.com Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9709251057.A28927-0100000@netcom18> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII Status: U Dear Mr. Touretzky: You have placed on your web page on Carnegie Mellon University's web site, copyrighted material to which my client, Bridge Publications Inc, holds the exclusive rights. You have done so without the authorization of my client. Specifically, you have placed the entirety of the work entitled "Verbal Tech: Penalties" at the following URL: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Secrets/verbal-tech.html This work is registered with the United States Copyright Office under registration number TX 1-084-783. Likewise, you have placed over 50% of the work entitled "Handling the Public Individual" at the following URL: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Secrets/TR/hcopl-16apr65ra.txt This work is registered with the United States Copyright Office under Registration Number TX 2 238-614. Your placement of these works on your web page violates United States copyright law and therefore constitute copyright infringement for which both you and CMU can be held liable. Your verbatim reproduction of these works does not constitute fair use. I am sure you are aware that we have obtained a summary judgment in San Jose, California on behalf of my client, Religious Technology Center, for the posting of a single work. I therefore demand that you remove these works from your web page. Sincerely, Helena Kobrin cc: Walter DeForest, Esq. (Via Telefax 412-227-3130)
Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from EDRC.CMU.EDU by ux3.sp.cs.cmu.edu id aa20912; 1 Oct 97 16:21 EDT Received: from netcom4.netcom.com by EDRC.CMU.EDU id aa13975; 1 Oct 97 16:20:15 EDT Received: (from hkk@localhost) by netcom4.netcom.com (8.8.5-r-beta/8.8.5/(NETCOM v1.01)) id NAA14888; Wed, 1 Oct 1997 13:20:00 -0700 (PDT) Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 13:19:59 -0700 (PDT) X-UIDL: 875737534.001 From: Helena Kobrin <email@example.com> Subject: Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Materials To: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9710011315.A14875-0100000@netcom4> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII Status: U Dear Mr. Touretzky: I have been informed that you still continue to place my client, Bridge Publication, Inc.'s copyrighted works known as HCOB 15 February 1979 VERBAL TECH PENALTIES and HCO PL 16 April AD15 ALL DIVISIONS HANDLING THE PUBLIC INDIVIDUAL on your web page through Carnegie Mellon University's computer system. These have been placed on your web page at the following URLs: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Secrets/verbal-tech.html http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Secrets/TR/hcopl-16apr65ra.txt While you might have changed the typing format of the work, VERBAL TECH PENALTIES, you have still placed it verbatim on your page. While you may have deleted out portions of the work, HANDLING THE PUBLIC INDIVIDUAL, again you have placed it verbatim on your page. As such, your actions in this regard violate United States copyright law and therefore constitute copyright infringements for which both you and CMU can be held liable. We therefore demand that you remove these materials from your web page. Please confirm that you have done so. Sincerely, Helena Kobrin