WHEN A NINE-MINUTE VIDEO OF Tom Cruise touting the Church of Scientology hit the Web recently, the group quickly sent out takedown notices. Many publishers complied, but not Gawker Media’s Nick Denton.
Now, the notoriously litigious Scientologists have complained to Gawker that the video was pirated, and have demanded its removal. Denton argues that posting the video constitutes a fair use. “[I]t’s newsworthy, and we will not be removing it,” Denton wrote on the site last week. A spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology said the group is considering taking legal action.