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MONSTEROUS MALIGNANCY OF 1999 MORMON CHURCH HANDBOOK OF INSTRUCTONS

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Recently, while surfing the internet,I discovered I could open Book 1 of a two Book set of instructions to the male priesthood hierarchy of the Mormon Church. Reading it I discovered what I consider the most insipid collection of control mechanisms designed to render a Mormon member, man or woman to the absolute role of a duped obedient robot under the leaders of the church particularly the so-called First Presidency currently headed by Thomas Sterling Monson. The official title for Book one is CHURCH HANDBOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS.

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While the document(s) have been noted "All rights reserved" the presumption is that it is copyrighted even though a symbol does not appear. Ten years ago a short legal skirmish over copyright infringement was held between the Church though it's Intellectual Reserve Corporation that holds all copyrights for the church and Sandra and Jerold Tanner and their Utah Lighthouse Ministry in 1999 and 2000, As I recall the issue was over an earlier publication which may not have been properly copyrighted.

The church asked for a temporary restraining and the U.S. District court judge coined a phrase "Contributory Infringement" later stricken from the Court Record by settlement. Such a term suggested that anyone who may pass on the link to another who might actually use the copyrighted material in a manner violating the copyright would be liable for "contributing" to infringement. Since the issue was settled and no appeal was taken to the appeals court ratifying the use of the coined phrase it no longer is a viable legal phrase.

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As with any copyrighted material, merely reading it does not violate the copyright. Obviously reading the book is not a right reserved to the publisher i.e.; the church.

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