A+E Television Networks and I Finalize Deal to Resume Publication of "Unearthing the Truth"
This morning A+E Television Networks (AETN) and I concluded an agreement so I may resume publication of Unearthing the Truth, which will be back on sale next week after I have had new cover proofs printed and approved. Of course it isn’t as easy as just saying yes to them. Originally, they demanded that I specify twice in the book’s promotional text that the book was unauthorized. Naturally, after I agreed they must have decided that it was too easy because just before concluding the agreement they changed the terms and demanded that I add the word “unauthorized” a third time to the promotional text, even though I went above and beyond their original demands to place on the front cover a disclaimer that the book was not produced or endorsed by A+E—as though I’d want anyone to think I was associated with them after all this.
Quoth the lawyer:
Once these changes are effectuated on your website in all locations (and all mediums) in which you promote, distribute and sell the book, then AETN will make no further claims in connection with the cover, title, or description of your book.
I do want to point out that while AETN, acting in concert with Scott Wolter, have been difficult, the lawyer for the independent law firm acting on their behalf has been nothing but professional and helpful as we worked to resolve the issue, even when AETN returned with additional demands. That is why I have chosen to leave her name out of my blog posts so my disgust at the actions of AETN is not construed as upset with her.
I note that this agreement does not cover content, and I don’t think even AETN would want to try to go the libel route and have to argue in court that Scottish Sinclairs own America because Jesus is their ancestor. Besides, most of the show-specific material in my book has already been published on my website without trouble, and Scott Wolter is a limited use public figure commenting in a public forum about issues of public controversy.
So, next week you can once again enjoy the COMPLETELY UNAUTHORIZED Unearthing the Truth: An Unauthorized Commentary on America Unearthed Season One, which, in case you didn’t know, is completely unauthorized.
So, here is the revised cover, as approved by A+E Television Networks:
Yes, that is the infamous “Hooked X®” (which I think I will instead call a “forked X” or “variant A rune,” since either is a more accurate description) right there almost dead center on the cover, smack dab below the pyramid. Our agreement said only that it could not be a “large” forked X in black. So, now we have a smaller forked X in white. Frankly, I think that a smarter network might have preferred the cover that pretended to take their show seriously over the revised version, with its Masonic conspiracy tropes, that makes the show look sillier.
Later today or tomorrow I hope to have a very interesting piece of news about Scott Wolter’s new book, but it depends on whether I can get an official statement. We will see.
5/23/2013 09:25:09 am
Jason, do you think that using Masonic symbolism on your book cover will make their show sillier?
5/23/2013 11:54:35 am
As an aside....Jason, what are the chances of a JasonColavito.com app for iPad sometime in the near future? I find myself returning to your blog so often that I feel like an app would really save me some time.
5/23/2013 01:10:33 pm
I've actually been looking into that, but the trouble is that I'm not a programmer, and the services that offer to make apps charge a lot for monthly service for something I wouldn't make a dime on. And, as I learned, one of the leading app-creation sites is owned by Jason Martell, the Ancient Aliens pundit who threatened to sue me.
5/23/2013 01:59:48 pm
5/23/2013 02:01:24 pm
Glad you like them! Yes,I believe "cool" is still cool.
5/23/2013 02:21:17 pm
It's extraordinarily painful to continue to read how these people are dictating how you put out your book by doing nothing other than sending very cheap and likely idle threats, uncontested and unreviewed by other lawyers, judges or arbitrators, which effectively cost them and especially Wolter nothing.
5/23/2013 03:43:47 pm
Being in marketing, I quite enjoyed the Bill Hicks video, Crabby - especially the last line, "This is your world, isn't it?"
5/23/2013 04:08:52 pm
You have kids? Now that's tragedy.
5/24/2013 02:10:48 pm
I should clarify that I was dealing with an attorney from an outside law firm. She was highly professional and did her best to pass along demands made by A+E's in house counsel, from whom the petty claims kept coming. She actually informed in house counsel that they could not make expansive claims about the variant-A rune.
5/24/2013 06:00:01 pm
I greatly appreciate the work your put into the blog and obviously I'm no fan of the crackpots. I certainly hope that your long term strategy has been developed in consultation with a legal professional. Given the nature of the larger issues I can imagine there are people in the skeptic community who could hook you up with some pro bono help.
5/23/2013 03:19:59 pm
5/23/2013 04:14:26 pm
"The exploitation of runic symbols is still rampant today."
5/23/2013 07:24:43 pm
I just stumbled across your site a few days ago, and I have to say, first off, I'm glad you're going to be able to publish this. I also have to say that if A&E and Mr. Wolter were trying to prevent people from reading your stuff, they've failed miserably - incensed at their tactics and rhetoric, and wondering what on <I>earth</I> you'd said to piss them off, I've spent the past five days reading everything you've posted here.
5/23/2013 07:26:03 pm
Aargh, I somehow failed to pick up on the fact that html tags aren't allowed in this commenting system. *facepalm*
5/24/2013 06:58:31 am
Just to follow on with the comment by Alix. I agree that by Mr. Wolter and A&E trying to suppress/censor your work Jason, they are just creating MORE interest in your new book and this web site.
5/25/2013 12:55:56 pm
Just another example where the establishment is trying to suppressed the hooked-X. Maybe someone will make a documentary on this.
5/27/2013 12:03:10 am
Lawyer speak amuses me, sometimes. The purpose of legalese is to make meaning absolutely clear and unambiguous, and sometimes it can make sense to use an unusual word with a clear legal meaning over a common word with vaguer shades of meaning.
5/28/2013 12:52:09 pm
Put a mermaid on the cover and animal planet will be next to threaten a lawsuit. Scary the stuff channels u expect enter of put on.
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