I was just poking around the Church of Scientology’s IP website the other day–I’m interested in its claim that its scriptures should be protected trade secrets. I found this statement by a Professor Kinsley that struck me as a rather infelicitous precedent for the church’s position:
In Hinduism, there are some scriptures that are not available to certain groups, usually lower castes, social groups, or women. This is the case with most Vedic literature, the most ancient and sacred of Hindu texts. . . . It is considered a violation of the sacrality of certain texts to expose them to the spiritually immature.
Perhaps one could “reverse engineer” the trade secrets at issue by watching how the elect behave.