Mary McConnell – “He was driven by his desire to help”
“It just occurred to me that the following court document should be on your site about David Mayo.
I believe people need to know the history and have the facts pointed out because it helps the church’s propaganda from spreading. While I am no longer a scientologist for many years now, I believe that David Mayo deserves credit for helping write NOTS, for taking chances outside the church that, at the time, few would ever attempt. He was driven by his desire to help and was relentlessly attacked for his contributions. There are only so many sacrifices one can make and only so much stress one can handle before they realize the enemy is not ever going to quit attacking them and so I fully understand appreciate Mayo’s decision to walk away and get on with life. Some people don’t get this. Some think it’s wrong but none of them had to walk a mile in David & Julie Mayo’s shoes.”
Special Master Kolts 1991 US Master memorandum RTC v Scott
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RTC, .et al. ) NO. CV 85-711 JMI (BX)
) CV 85-7197 JMI (BX)
ROBIN SCOTT, et al., ) MEMORANDUM OPINION
) AND ORDER
RTC, et al. )
LARRY WOLLERSHEIM, )
AND RELATED COUNTER-CLAIMS )
A. WORK MADE FOR HIRE
Given the issue sanction of the previous order, it is an established fact the Mayo substantially participated in the drafting of NOTs. Plaintiffs’ characterization of Mayo as a “mere scrivener” cannot be a basis for this or any other motion in this litigation. Thus, in order to prevail on this motion, plaintiffs must establish as a matter of law that Mayo is not the author of NOTs notwithstanding his substantial participation. Ordinarily, the creator of a written work is its author. However, the Copyright Act of 1976 treats “works made for hire” differently. If the written work is a work made for hire, “the employer or other person for whom the work was prepared is considered the author”.
17 U.S.C. section 201(a). This means that if Mayo’s contribution to NOTs is work made for hire, someone other than Mayo is the author and a grant of summary judgment is in order.
The next step of the analysis is…[..]
Having considered the moving and opposing papers and exhibits in support thereof, as well as the arguments of counsel,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the following issues be summarily adjudicated as follows: (1) Mayo’s substanial contribution to NOTs is a work made for hire under section 101(1) of The Copyright Act of 1976; and (2) as to Mayo’s substantial contribution to NOTs, CSC is the author under the work made for hire doctrine. To the extent that this renders defendants’ counter-claims meaningless, such claims are dismissed on summary judgment.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: JUNE 4, l991 [signed]
JAMES G. KOLTS
U.S. SPECIAL MASTER [..]
The full text can be found here:
I was not happy with Marty making Special Master Kolts out to be an alcoholic in justifying that this decision was mishandled.
It’s very easy to spread false rumors and attack a man when he’s dead and cannot defend himself.
While he was alive Special Master Kolts was put though much because of his decision but ended up being victorious after CoS sued him in court:
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY INT’L, Plaintiff,
v. JAMES G. KOLTS, Defendant.
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(*Mary McConnell is my pseudonym. I use it to protect myself from fair game and to prevent a loved one still in the church from having to disconnect.)