The 'Caliphate' Book Patrol — Fahrenheit 418
(3) Satanic Verses
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 10:03:21
Subject: Copyright Issue and Question
To: "P.R. Koenig"
On Friday we received a notice that one of our items infringed on the
cOTO's copyrights and the auction was summarily closed. The item was a
6 disc CD set from the UK which featured the Wax Cylinder recordings
(Dressed 2 Kill records).
The CDs contains:
Disc 1: 1. Every Man and Every Woman Is A Star 2. Love
is the Law - Love Under Will 3. Sigil of the Master
Therion 4 666 - 418 -93 5. The Scourge, The Dagger and
the Chain 6. Aning Ning Ning 7. Osiris Risen
Disc 2: 1. The Call of the First Aethyr (Enochian) 2.
The Call of the First Aethyr (Englilsh) 3. The Call of
the Second (Enochian) 4. The Call of the Second Aethyr
(English) 5. La Gitana 6. The Pentagram 7. One
Sovereign for the Woman 8. The Poet 9. At Sea 10. The
Fingernails 11. The Titanic 12. Hymn to the American
People 13. Excerpts from the Gnostic Mass 14. Vive La
Disc 3: 1. Words of Aeon 2. Words of the Aeon (part
two) 3. Phallus erectus 4. Phallus Risen 5.
Penetration and Pain 6. Excerpt from the Pentagram
Hymn 7. Six of Cups
Disc 4: 1. Incubus 2. Succubus 3. Pornographic Hymn
(1) 4. Pornographic Hymn (2) 5. Sodomy 6. Beastiality
7. Gnostic Mass and Obscene 8. Obscene 9. Dagger and
Penis 10. The Dagger, Penis and Vagina
Disc 5: 1. Tarot 2. Hanged Man 3. Emperor 4. Emperess
Disc 6: 1. Reporting the Beast 2. Reporting the Sabbat
3. Unholy Communion 4. One Sovereign for the Beast 5.
Some tracks are an ambient sort of techno remix sampling Crowley and
others and the 'Caliphate' claimed in one email that these too violated
their rights, since they are "passed off" as being Crowley as well as
infringing rights to poetry by sampling/reading.
Following our request for supporting documentation, Adrian Leverkuhn,
OTO Assistant Secretary, faxed and emailed documents to us.
VeRO stands for eBay's Verified Rights Owner program.
---BEGIN VeRO EMAIL---
We regret to inform you that your listing:
155xxxxxx Satanic Verses Box 6-CD set Aleister Crowley
has been ended at the request of Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), a member
of eBay's Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program, because they filed a
sworn statement that it offers a product or contains material which
violates their copyright, trademark or other rights. In the interest of
protecting all eBay users, we end such listings to avoid any
association with potentially infringing or unlawful items.
We understand that sometimes mistakes can be made. If you feel your
listing was ended in error, please read the VeRO Program Member’s About
Me Page. To help you find their About Me page, we have compiled a list
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rights owner understands their products and policies, we encourage you
to contact them first. If we agree a mistake has been made or the VeRO
Program Member notifies us, we will allow you to relist the item.
We also understand that even if your item is infringing, you may have
been unaware of that fact, and may have listed the item with the best
of intentions. Unfortunately, even if this is so, you still could face
potential liability, so ending the listing is still necessary.
Please review our Prohibited, Questionable & Infringing Items at:
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---END VeRO EMAIL---
Below is their auto response to our query regarding above notification.
Once a claim has been filed the only way they will reverse the removal
is to received notification from the VeRO member. Effectively this
means that OTO has veto power over all auctions on eBay. They simply
file a complaint and the seller has absolutely no recourse. From
discussions with other sellers, this is a tactic used by music
companies to prevent (legitimate) resale of CD's etc. through eBay.
---BEGIN 2ND eBay EMAIL---
As you know, eBay has not inspected the item you have listed. In
addition, eBay is not an expert in the rights of any third parties. As
a result, we are not in a position to make a judgment as to whether the
item you have listed is legal or authorized.
When we receive a proper notice from a Verified Rights Owner or their
agent stating that the item you have listed is infringing, we are
required by law to remove the listing. We removed your listing because
we received such a notice from the rights owner. (Please refer to the
Item Ended Notice we sent you for the exact name of the rights owner
that asked us to remove your listing).
---END 2ND EMAIL---
'Caliphate to xxxx:
Yes, I'll send a fax. I attach the referenced documents (Particulars of
Claim and Schedule). A few of the poems recited are in the Schedule.
The recordings themselves were not part of the UK suit deciding
ownership but they do fall under the terms of the judgment generally,
which decided the basic question of ownership of Crowley's intellectual
Dressed to Kill is bankrupt now, and the company taking over the label
has dropped the title. We hadn't realized that Baker and Taylor had
picked it up. We are dealing with BMG through our NY attorney.
The Great Beast Speaks is the authorized edition, though it is no
longer under license old copies turn up.
We are in the process of remastering these recordings, denoised etc.,
and will release with additional material in the next 6 months or so.
All best Adrian
back to the 'Caliphate' Book Patrol page
Some background information
Lawyers and Historians: The 'Caliphate' versus the Truth? — Introduction
the Maine decision 1984 [to the disfavour of the 'Caliphate']
| the California decision 1985 [to the favour of the 'Caliphate']
Purchase of the copyrights on Aleister Crowley from the Official Receiver (OR)
The 1999 Particulars of Claim ['Caliphate']
Financial Reports 1996-1999 of the 'Caliphate'
Erraneous opinion on the International Copyright Situation. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
What the 'Caliphate' does not want you to know . Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Crowley's Probate. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
'Caliphate' Capers. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000. Based upon a draft by James Graeb
Structure, Constitutions and Money. Partly written by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Library of Congress, letter dated September 6, 2000
2000, July: An analysis of the Bylaws of the 'Caliphate' and its Board of Directors. By James Graeb
2000, July: Incorporation of O.T.O., Argentum Astrum and E.G.C.
2000: "Caliphate-O.T.O. Win" and the The Writing on the Wall. Text by Anthony Naylor before he lost his case against the 'Caliphate' in 2000
Court Order of October 2000
James T. Graeb, co-founder and IX° of the 'Caliphate', a lawyer, calls the 'Caliphate' a "Puppet Show
Piece" and files suit vs William Breeze, William Heidrick, Marcus Jungkurth et alii in 2001
The 2002 Ruling
The Summary so far
Ordo Templi Orientis - Trade Mark - Starfire Publishing Limited