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Tuesday October 17, 2006
05:20 AM

Downloading "The Bridge"

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Someone just posted download links to my journal. At least for a while, folks can still download the anti-Scientology film "The Bridge". Well, at least until the Scientologists take them down again.

This is, to the best of my knowledge, the only full-length movie about Scientology which they've not (yet) been able to suppress.

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  • I started downloading before I left for work this morning, but it looked like it'd be a while. I suppose I'm just hogging up bandwidth somebody else could be using.

    If I understand correctly, it's a creative commons license, so even if the copyright holder has now decided he doesn't want to distribute it, he can't legally stop other folks from doing so. Viewed in isolation, it irks me that a copyright holder would attempt to stop distribution of something he released under a free license. Of course, he

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • So if private investigators were to dig into your past, is there any chance that there's anything they could dig up which might be used to blackmail you? Or worse, is there something which wouldn't bother you, but which they could then hold against your friends and/or family, thus putting you into a bind?

      I'm not saying that's what the Scientologists did, but it's a thought.

      Those are rhetorical questions. You don't need to answer them since answering 'yes' might raise a couple of eyebrows :)

      • Answer to the first question is, not really. In general I try to live in such a way that not too many of my "secrets" matter. Interestingly enough just yesterday I saw a friend of mine espousing the same kind of thinking on slashdot [], even though we've never conversed on the subject and he takes it to quite an extreme beyond me.

        Whenever I see a movie or a TV show about blackmail, I tend to respond with a gut feeling of, "You should just tell the blackmailer to do his worst, prepare yourself for the revel

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • A copy of the film hosted on Google Video [] is linked from XenuTV []. The same copy is linked from Scientomogy [], which has a bunch of additional, but mostly dead, links. However, there are plenty more copies on Google Video [], and it’s all over [] the BitTorrent [] networks [], so it isn’t hard to come by. Google’s top-most hits for ["The Bridge" scientology] [] are Scientology sites, but the rest of the results page is all pages about the movie.

    It seems pretty clear that all they will ever manage is to red