The 'Caliphate' Book Patrol - Fahrenheit 418 - Francis King

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The 'Caliphate' Book Patrol — Fahrenheit 418

(2) Francis King: The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O.

 Yahoo group: Aiwaz Thelema Message 621
                 From:  satyra_x satyra_x@y...
                 Date:  Wed Sep 11, 2002  7:03 am
                 Subject:  censorship by califate on ebay
                 WHY *YOU* MAY NOT BE PERMITTED to sell your used books on ebay!


                 ok i found it, but would like to keep my source "confidential"
                 therefore i have removed identifiers, however you certainly
                 have enough left *here* to check it out with ebay yourself and
                 see if this is indeed the case. or for that matter, check with
                 oto_legal_department@m... who seems to be claiming they have
                 a right to interfere with the rights of US and other citizens
                 to sell their USED BOOKS on ebay!!
                 PS: if you discover it was a "fake" complaint tim, by a phony
                 alleged oto, please let the list know, i am sure everyone wants
                 to know. i don't think it's a fake, though, since there was a
                 SWORN STATEMENT filed that now prohibits the selling of books
                 on ebay, not just by califatos, but by EVERYONE.

                 From: whyended@e...
                 To: [apersonwhowantstosellabook@n...]
                 Subject: VeRO NOTICE: eBay Listing(s) Cancelled - VeRO Program
                 Date: [in the spring of 2002]

                 Dear [xxx (apersonwhowantstosellabook@n...),]
                 We regret to inform you that your listing:
                 [xxxxlistingnumber] Secret Rituals of the OTO - Francis King
                 has been ended at the request of Ordo Templi Orientis , 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
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                 infringing or unlawful items.
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 Message 626
                From:  satyra_x satyra_x@y...
                Date:  Wed Sep 11, 2002  7:47 am
                Subject:  strange new world odour of the califate
                Strange New World Odour of the Califate


                Your little son Timmy needs emergency surgery, and to try to
                raise some extra cash, you decide to go into your basement and
                see what's down there that you haven't touched for more than 30
                years. Perhaps there's something of value in your collection of
                old but not antique volumes.
                Aha! there's a bunch of silly books, but who knows, some
                collector might pay good money for them. And so you make up your
                list, and off it goes to eBay.
                You *own* these books, you paid good money for them some years
                ago. it was your college days, and sometimes you even skipped
                lunch to buy a new book. shouldn't be any problem to sell your
                own property, eh?
                A knock comes at the door, and it is the Califate Book Patrol,
                equipped with flame throwers, just like in Fahrenheit 451. Black
                booted and asbestos suited... "Where are OUR BOOKS!" they
                Gasp! eBay had notified the Califate Book Patrol that you had
                listed a book that THEY OWN! never mind that when you bought the
                book, the Califate was not in existence, with the Marvel of Time
                Travel this Corporation now retroactively owns your book
                collection. ALL OF IT, every single book that mentions any of
                the following words at least ONCE, "ritual, france, francis,
                breeze, bill, hymen, oto, crow, crowley, star, woman, man,
                birth, initiation, sun, moon, and secret". The Califate claims
                the copyrights to all these words AND MANY MORE!
                They shove you aside and proceed to pile up the books you had
                readied for shipment to new owners. They push little Timmy down,
                despite your cries! And once they have what you THOUGHT was your
                property piled into a pyramid, they turn on the
                flame-throwers.... all that is left is a pile of ash. They even
                burned your daily newspaper, because they own ALL THE WORDS that
                Aleister Crowley the Prophet invented.
                (apologies to Ray Bradbury)
               ----------------------- [snip]


 Yahoo group thelema93-l Message 12202

                 From:  "scarlet ibis" scarletibis@1...
                 Date:  Tue Oct 1, 2002  3:19 pm
                 Subject:  Re: no burnings

               --- In thelema93-l@y..., Rick Gorton tez666@e... wrote:
               > 93, P: The Caliphate is not burning any books, why the analogy
               > to Fahrenheit 451?

               Not speaking for anyone in particular, the way I understand the
               analogy is the restriction of the sale on eBay of (a) privately
               owned book(s), bought way before the UK (no other) courts decided
               this or that about things may "subsist"ing. . . this interference
               with books that are *privately* owned, and one time, bought and
               paid for. If you saw the film F451 you remember the scene where
               the "book patrol" enters a private home and piles up the books
               and then sets fire to them. The analogy is not to the fire I
               suspect (though there is that "comment" thing) but the
               interference with books that are privately owned and were
               acquired legitimately.
               The eBay restriction makes the books, should one decide one no
               longer wishes to own them, good only for use as fireplace logs I
               guess. It certainly is an abuse of copyright law, since it does
               not appear the Caliphate is planning to rush the SROTO into print
               and for sale to the public anytime soon.

               > The courts decided fairly on the ownership of copyrights. All
               > the examples you are using are violations of legitimate
               > copyright law.

               So the Caliphate *is* planning to rush SROTO into print soon for
               sale for a profit? Please, when, where and how much? Copyright
               law is supposed to protect the creator's rights to *make a
               profit* after all.
               Hey wait, a minute, aren't they getting tax breaks for being a
               not- for-profit religious organization or something? So how
               exactly is the Caliphate losing money by making books they NEVER
               planned to publish and sell unavailable? please, tell me
               again...? Bore us to death, quickly. . .
               Oh scratch that. Please just let the Caliphate lapse into the
               obscurity they so *richly* deserve.
               Amen and So Mote It Be.



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Kenneth Grant Aossic Typhonian Ordo Templi Orientis
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John Symonds Aleister Crowley The Great Beast King of the Shadow Realm
John Symonds
Francis King
Francis King
Karl Johannes Germer
Karl Germer

Items of Historical Interest

In 1930, Karl Germer sent a description of the Aleister Crowley LTD. to Fernando Pessoa.
Aleister Crowley: This is the Last Will.
Karl Germer, Louis Wilkinson and Lady Frieda Harris.
National Grandmasters and OHOs of the O.T.O.

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 theInternational 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.
Anonymous: Burning Down The House. 'Caliphate', Argenteum Astrum, James Wasserman, Donald Trump — Written in 2021.
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.

Some Things

Court Case Hermann Joseph Metzger vs Walter Englert in the 1970s.
1991 Opinion of a German prosecuting attorney's office on the body of the 'Caliphate'. Erfahrungsbericht eines O.T.O.-Mitglieds im Zusammenhang mit dem Gerichtsprozess 'Caliphat' gegen Hänssler-Verlag, 1990. Unsuccessfull attempt in Yugoslavia.
Censorship in the UK.
The 'Caliphate' Book Patrol: Fahrenheit 418.
Paul Joseph Rovelli versus the 'Caliphate', New York January 2000.
1998, July 17 - 2000 October Austrian situation on Copyrights     [German and English].
Trademark O.T.O.. By Leslie Anne Childress.
2007 'Caliphat' Kasino in Deutschland. English translation: 2007 'Caliphate' Casino. 2008: Honesty is the best Policy: 'Caliphate' O.T.O. / William Breeze lost in a legal case. Deutsche Version: Ehrlich währt am Längsten: Warum der O.T.O. gegen P.R. Koenig verlor.

Other Background

The 'Caliphate'.
Discussion about the instrument of succession. An introduction to the background, followed by a transcript of this discussion.
Minutes of the 11 IX°s 'Caliphate' election in 1985 where it was clearly said that the 'Caliph' is not the juro OHO.
Playgame of an O.T.O.-Fatamorgana — Statistics, Censorship, Name Dropping. 2011. Gaps in the Script of Esotericism: Hypocrisy and Hypercrisis – Oscar Wilde: Ambition is the last resort of failure.
Fetish, Self-Induction, Stigma and Rôleplay. 2011.

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