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Under the Cover of Light: News

LDS Church
vs.
Utah Lighthouse Ministry

Settlement Signed by All Parties and a Thank You
PRESS RELEASE ON SETTLEMENT

Permanent Injunction and Judgment and Settlement Stipulation


Spotlight

LDS CHURCH SUES MINISTRY,
Salt Lake City Messenger #96


"We see the Internet as an additional communications medium which we will use to provide both church members and the public with accurate, easily accessible information about the church."

-LDS Church spokesman Dale Bills
("LDS Web Site Logs Big Load Of Hits Daily" Salt Lake Tribune, Feb. 27, 1999)


CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS AND ARTICLES
(NOTE: Links to articles not on this site are subject to change and will be relinked whenever possible).

February 2001 Salt Lake City Messenger
LDS CHURCH SUES MINISTRY

December 14, 2000 Update on Settlement
Settlement Signed by All Parties and a Thank You

December 14, 2000 Salt Lake Tribune Article
Church Settles Copyright Suit
http://www.sltrib.com/2000/dec/12142000/utah/53574.htm

December 11, 2000 Baptist Press Article
Ex-Mormon couple prioritize ministry in settling LDS-filed Internet suit
http://www.BaptistPress.org/Archive/BaptistPress/view.cgi?file=20001211.html#STORY1

December 7, 2000 Salt Lake City Weekly Article
The Tanners' Uneasy Settlement

http://www.avenews.com/editorial/no/cw/city/city_2_001207.cfm

December 7, 2000 The New York Times (AP) Brief
Mormon church is settling Internet test case, critics say
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Religion-Briefs.html

December 1, 2000 Salt Lake Tribune Article
LDS Suit Nearing Settlement
http://www.sltrib.com/2000/dec/12012000/utah/49481.htm

November 30, 2000 Press Release on Settlement
SETTLEMENT OF LDS CHURCH v. UTAH LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRY

November 30, 2000 Permanent Injunction and Judgment and Settlement Stipulation
[Settlement has been signed by all parties as of Dec. 8th--photos below updated.]

April 12, 2000 Baptist Press Article
Talks under way over Mormon lawsuit against cult-watchers' Internet site
http://www.baptistpress.org/Archive/BaptistPress/view.cgi?file=20000412.html#STORY0

February 1, 2000 Baptist Press Article
Mormon suit against couple alleges copyright infringement of church book
http://www.baptistpress.org/Archive/BaptistPress/view.cgi?file=20000201.html#STORY0

January 28, 2000 Order on our motion for Dismissal [Summary Judgement?]
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For reference see 17 U.S.C. 103(b)

January 17, 2000 Salt Lake Tribune Public Forum
Vindictive Conduct
http://www.sltrib.com/2000/jan/01172000/public_f/18321.htm

January 5, 2000 Salt Lake Tribune Article
Web Links at Issue in LDS Lawsuit
http://www.sltrib.com/2000/jan/01052000/utah/15249.htm

January 3, 2000 Press Release on upcoming Dismissal Hearing
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December 30, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article (short)
CRITICS FILE APPEAL
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/dec/12301999/utah/13778.htm

December 24, 1999 Notice of Appeal [Preliminary Injunction]
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December 23, 1999 Salt Lake City Weekly Article
LDS Copyright Battle Storms Web
http://www.avenews.com/editorial/no/cw/city/cty2_991223.cfm

December 14, 1999 Computer User (Newsbytes) Article
Bad Day For 'Doctrine of Fair Use'
http://www.computeruser.com/newstoday/99/12/14/news3.html

December 13, 1999 CNN.com Article
Copyright ruling targets Web links
http://www.cnn.com/1999/TECH/computing/12/13/illegal.links.idg/
Same story appears at PC World.com
Copyright Ruling Targets Web Links
http://www.pcworld.com:80/pcwtoday/article/0,1510,14319,00.html

December 13, 1999 About.com Article
Illegal Links: Utah Case Demonstrates Need for Rethinking 'Net IP Law
http://law.about.com/library/weekly/aa121399a.htm

December 13, 1999 Computerworld.com Article
Judge bars group from posting URLs for Mormon handbook
http://www.computerworld.com/cwi/story/0,1199,NAV47_STO43259,00.html

December 12, 1999
Sandra Tanner's Statement for Utah Lighthouse Ministry

December 10, 1999 IDG.net News Service Article
Copyright ruling targets Web links
http://www.idg.net/idgns/1999/12/10/CopyrightRulingTargetsWebLinks.shtml

December 10, 1999 TIME Online Article
Better Be Careful Whose Links You Click...
http://www.pathfinder.com/time/daily/0,2960,35814-101991210,00.html
[Web-editor: Story incorrectly reports we linked to other sites with the CHI. Only URL's were posted, not links.]

December 10, 1999 About.com Article
The End of Linking?
http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa121099.htm
About.com Discussion Forum on this topic:
Create a Link, Go to Jail
http://about.delphi.com/ab-websearch/start/?tid=433.1

December 10, 1999 Slashdot.com Postings
Are Links Illegal?
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=99/12/10/1043252&mode=nested
[Web-editor: This is a very large list of postings and will take a long time to download depending on your connection. Have fun....]

December 10, 1999 The New York Times Article
Copyright Decision Threatens Freedom to Link
http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/12/cyber/cyberlaw/10law.html
[Web-editor: If you don't have an account with The New York Times, you will receive a sign-up screen (signing up is FREE). After you sign up you will be taken directly to the article. If the link breaks go to their home page here- The New York Times and search for the article.]

December 7, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article (short)
WEB OFFERINGS CURBED
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/dec/12071999/utah/3979.htm

December 6, 1999 Preliminary Injunction
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November 24, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article (short)
CRITICS PLEAD FOR WEB FREEDOM
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/nov/11241999/utah/51208.htm

November 20, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article (short)
Restraining Order Upheld In LDS Handbook Case
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/nov/11201999/business/50150.htm

November 16, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article (short)
Couple Want LDS Suit Dismissed
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/nov/11161999/utah/47668.htm
[Web-editor: Intellectual Reserve Inc. appears incorrectly as International Reserve Inc.]

November 11, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article
Ministry's Restraint Order Expanded
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/nov/11111999/utah/46083.htm

November 6, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article
LDS Church Asks Judge to Hold Critics in Contempt
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/nov/11061999/utah/44683.htm

October 30, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article
With LDS Book on Net, Lawsuit Might Be Moot
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/oct/10301999/utah/42791.htm

October 28, 1999
Filed legal response to restraining order:
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October 21, 1999 The Daily Utah Chronicle
LDS Church Should Set Members Free

October 19, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article
Critics Can't Distribute LDS Book on Internet
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/oct/10191999/utah/39367.htm

October 15, 1999 Salt Lake Tribune Article
Web Site Prompts Mormon Church to Sue Critics
http://www.sltrib.com/1999/oct/10151999/nation_w/37822.htm

October 13, 1999 (11:00 a.m.)
Received Intellectual Reserve Inc., letter:
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Removed material under dispute (1:00 p.m.) added scanned IRI letter (above) and contacted lawyer.

July 15, 1999
Added to Online Resources

 

 

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