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DOCUMENT TITLE: License Agreement [Estate/RTC for outside-U.S. Advanced Technology]
SUBJECT: License only for use of the copyrights in the Advanced Technology; granted by Norman F. Starkey as Executor of the Estate of L. Ron Hubbard to the corporation known as Religious Technology Center (RTC)
PARTIES: Norman F. Starkey, Executor of the Estate of L. Ron Hubbard and Trustee of Author's Family Trust; Unknown person or persons representing RTC; Sherman Lenske as counsel to Starkey during probate of the Will; Sherman Lenske, Stephen Lenske, and Lawrence E. Heller, Special Directors of CST at the time of the Declaration, as "consultants" to Starkey (Trustee of both Author's Family Trust-A and Author's Family Trust-B), and as "Trust Protectors"


This 17 September 1987 "License Agreement" is not available. It is first referred to in an "Assignment and Assumption" of 29 November 1993 transferring all of the Estate's right, title, and interest in the License Agreement to CST, but there is no description of the instrument there.

It is next referred to by Sherman D. Lenske in his 12 November 1995 Declaration, where he describes the License Agreement:

"[T]he Executor of his [Hubbard's] estate gave an exclusive license for the copyrighted materials to the Advanced Technology to RTC on September 17, 1987."

Of course the Executor is Norman F. Starkey, and we'll remind you that Sherman was Norman's counsel while Norm was Executor, so Sherman is the one who drafted the license document under the supervision of IRS's Meade Emory. Isn't Sherman modest.

By its very title, this was merely a license agreement for the "copyrighted matereials," but it is certain that there was no transfer (assignment) of the copyrights themselves.

As in all such documents, without exception, no actual transfer of copyright occurred; only a license was granted to RTC. The corporation known as "Church of Spiritual Technology" (CST) owns all the copyrights, including any licensed for use to RTC by this "License Agreement."

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