Lawyers and Historians: The 'Caliphate' versus the Truth?
Writing accurate historical accounts can be challenging, as the truth can differ from what is documented in legal conclusions or court decisions.
The American Ordo Templi Orientis ('Caliphate'), which was founded in 1977, has been involved in various court cases throughout its history. For instance, there have been disputes over control of the organization, publication of controversial material, and ownership of intellectual property.
Regarding Aleister Crowley's copyrights, in 1985, an uninformed American judge ruled in favor of the 'Caliphate', which was founded in 1977, allowing thousands of dollars in Crowley's copyrights to flow into the bank account of this new O.T.O. group. As a result, the 'Caliphate' declared itself the legitimate O.T.O. from 1985 and categorized historical facts into three types:
In essence, the victorious 'Caliphate' rewrote history to their benefit.
These categories are not based on methodical academic research of history, but rather serve to reinforce a bureaucratic hierarchy of "truths" established by legal means.
Court Decisions1) Maine 1984. To the disadvantage of the 'Caliphate':
2) California 1985 to the favour of the 'Caliphate':
3) The 'Caliphate' bought all possibly existing copyrights (so far as subsisting) from the Official Receiver in 1991 (= English Crown).
The 'Caliphate' maintains that it is the rightful successor to the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) and therefore the owner of the copyrights in question. However, even if another court were to reach a different conclusion than the Los Angeles court, the 'Caliphate' claims to be the owner of the copyrights because it acquired them from the official receiver. It is worth noting that the question of whether the 'Caliphate' is the legitimate successor to the O.T.O. and whether it has the legal right to the copyrights are separate issues that may require different lines of argument and evidence to resolve.
There has been a project to microfilm the so-called Warburg-Collection of Crowleyana in London, the results of which has been published as: "Yorke Collection", microfilm edition New York: Ordo Templi Orientis; London: Warburg Institute, 2002. This collection does not contain the entire unpublished material (coming to 25,000+ pages in total, including some annotated books) in the Gerald Yorke Collection (which was inspired by Ellic Howe), only the portions which are copyrighted (so far as subsisting) by the 'Caliphate’ since winning the lawsuit against Anthony Naylor [see below]. Consequently it chiefly includes material authored by Aleister Crowley.
The public can try to obtain a copy on 35mm microfilm via inter-library loan. WorldCat lists several university libraries in the United States who have copies: Syracuse University, Indiana University, the University of Texas (Ransom Center) and Northwestern University, as well as the University of Amsterdam and the Oskar Schlag Collection at the Zurich Municipal Library.
The costs of filming all that material were paid from the damages awarded to 'Caliphate' as a result of the 1999-2002 copyright suit and the profits from sales of the films over and above the costs of duplication went back to Warburg.
Items of Historical InterestIn 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 informationLawyers 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 ThingsCourt 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'.
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.
Other BackgroundThe '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.
Traduzione italiana: La versione play-game di un O.T.O.-Fatamorgana
Fetish, Self-Induction, Stigma and Rôleplay. 2011.
Traduzione italiana: Il feticcio, l’auto-induzione, lo stigma, il gioco di ruolo.
Tlumaczenie polskie: Fetysz. Rytualy. Resocjalizacja: Tozsamosc przez stygmat. Autoindukowana schizofrenia. Odgrywanie ról.
По русски: Фетиш, самоиндукция, стигма и ролевая игра.
More about all this in: Andreas Huettl and Peter-R. Koenig: Satan - Jünger, Jäger und Justiz
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