Scott Pilutik

I am an attorney and consultant living and working in Manhattan, focusing primarily on church/state constitutional law. I'm a recognized expert on the Church of Scientology organization. I also have strong interests in intellectual property law where it intersects with emerging media, and free speech.

I support the efforts of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, Creative Commons, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I am a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. I also enjoy (watching) hockey and (doing) photograhy.

Online I can be found on Facebook, Twitter. My resume can be viewed here. I can be reached by phone at 212.645.6241 or by e-mail at pilutik[at]

The NHL Lockout and Heroin Economics

Having survived NHL lockouts in the past (my third under Bettman alone! Plus one strike!) I can rationalize my chances of getting through this one like a seasoned junkie assuring himself that while there’s no heroin at the moment, it’ll be available again come Thanksgiving. Or Christmas. Or not for another year!, which seems to [...]

fantasy names and statistics are free

I forget whether I commented on this case here before but I’m pleased at its end. A while back MLB sued the CBC fantasy sports empire over the right to use the baseball players’ names, claiming that its use was violation of the players’ right of publicity. The Eighth Circuit disagreed (pdf), affirming a lower [...]

A Preempted Miracle

Via Pharyngula, Greg Saunders picks up on an interesting set of similarities in the initial coverage of the tragic West Virginia coal mining collapse. Beside the clever observation that identical photos can be used to convey opposite messages, he makes the more important point that much of the initial ‘they live’ coverage attributed that fact [...]