Infallibility has a price, and apparently it's $18,209. That's what the Vatican just billed an Italian publisher for bootlegging an excerpt or two from speeches by new pope Benedict XVI, under a recent edict imposing strict copyright control on all papal writings going back 50 years. Reactions to the un-precedented embrace of intellectual property ranged from Catholics calling it a direct contradiction of the church's mission to "spread the Word" to Web heads wondering why it took so long for Roman Catholicism to catch up with Scientology, which for years has used heavy-handed infringement suits to keep its official documents off the Web and out of sight. But in fact, when it comes to keeping words from spreading, the Vatican wrote the book, and now, just so nobody forgets it, it has built the website too: the surprisingly informative Vatican Secret Archives, where the church's rich history of information control is on lovingly... More >>>