Why Marty and Mike Cannot Take Over the COS I don't really know why I've had to explain this so many times, but here goes: Copyright law is very strict in the US. Works do not go into public domain for a very long time. WHEN WORKS PASS INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN Since Hubbard wrote in the 50's and 60's primarily, and there was no doubt a renewal on his copyright in the 70's and 80's, the earliest something could into the public domain - and this is Dianetics itself, not anything he wrote later - is 2017. And that's if the cult doesn't argue for an extension of copyright and win, which companies often do. The reason copyright law is so vicious as it stands is that every once in a while, Mickey Mouse threatens to go into public domain because of that early "Steamboat Willie" cartoon, and Disney goes to the courts and gets an extension, which ends up applying to the general law. The owner of all of Hubbard's works, written or otherwise, from his shitty sci-fi to his audio lectures in the 1970's, is DAVID MISCAVIGE. His likeness may even by copyrighted. I'm not sure of the particulars, but when Hubbard died, a complex legal battle occurred over his estate and DM won it. HE OWNS SCIENTOLOGY. If you want to republish a book with Hubbard's name on it or any works within that may have been written by Hubbard, you need (a) his explicit permission and (b) to pay him for use of the work he owns. You can public small excerpts - this falls under "fair use" - but by small excerpts, I mean you would probably be able to publish 500 words of Dianetics and get away with it. Nor can you redistribute the books you already own if you try and pass them off as new; you have to sell them as used books, and there are various laws about how you can go about doing that (the vendor, meaning the store, collects most of the money instead of only half of the cover price). There are also video use and audio use laws I'm not as familiar with, but DM can be just (if not more, because they're more recent) litigious with them. Want to screen a movie about the evils of psychiatry? Got to get the rights. What, DM won't give you the rights? You're screwed. If yo do it and he finds out, it could mean major fines. So, you may be asking - How can someone get the copyright out of DM's whiskey-soaked fingers? There are two ways: (1) A probably decades-long battle with DM, which BTW can happen even if he's in jail, because someone will be entrusted with his property. And he'll probably win, too. (2) The death of DM and a decades-long battle with his estate, which can be just as powerful as the person himself, and actually can get much messier. While this battle is going on, works cannot be republished, so you're essentially shutting down the presses on Scientology while you're having it. This means Marty could, as he is trying to, convert every loyal Scientologist to his side, physically take over the buildings, and somehow get Miscavige arrested without implicating himself (which he wouldn't be able to do) in the many things Miscavige did that were illegal during Marty's own time there, or even get Miscavige to flee to Colombia, but he STILL HAS TO PAY DM FOR EVERYTHING. AND GET HIS PERMISSION TO DO IT. That means Marty has to run the COS with only the existing materials, which can only be partially redistributed and cannot be sold. This means no new sales, especially to new meat. It means no screening of his lectures or videos, even current videos. If new videos are made, their content has to be checked by copyright lawyers to see what the content is and if any copyrighted material is being used. They could get away with it if DM decided not to pay attention, but as this is his source of income, he'll be paying attention. He may also own all the files of Scientology, depending on what he's copyrighted. He can argue that he owns personel files, which then cannot be distributed without his permission. A lot of companies have clauses that snap up the content of whatever an employee writes, so he could load up everyone's files on the Freewinds and sail off, and no one could touch him. In other words, there will be no coup at Scientology. Not one that is successful, anyway.