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Copyright Lawsuit: Defenses Glorifying the Aga Khan filed in federal Court - 2010-04-29

Thursday, 2010, April 29
Heritage News

In a surprisingly rapid twist of events, both Mr Tajdin and Mr Jiwa have filed their respective statements of Defense this 29th of April 2010. They affirm to being devoted followers who will unconditionally abide by the wishes of the Aga Khan, whom they glorify in their defense.

Mr Tajdin declares that:

He has not been served yet but the ethics imposed upon him by his faith demands that he should not keep in ignorance the public by being silent on the issue and should clarify all of the facts, pertaining to this lawsuit, of which he is aware.

He reaffirms his allegiance to the Aga Khan, is willing to submit to any of his wishes, and is ready to surrender himself and all his possessions to the Imam.

He has been printing Farman books since 1992 with approval and instructions from the Imam received on August 15, 1992 in Montreal.

He has not received any communication from the Imam from 1992 to 2009 instructing him to stop publication.

He cannot stop publication without instruction from the Imam as this would be a breach of his oath of allegiance to the Imam.

All Farman publications were financial deficit projects done as a volunteer service and large numbers of books were distributed free of charge.

Farman sharing is a historic Ismaili tradition which still continues today.

The current Ismaili Constitution does not restrict the right to publish Farmans

Mr Tajdin concludes that:

He has no choice but to await further direct instructions from the Imam.

He reaffirms his allegiance to the Aga Khan, is willing to submit to any of His wishes, and is ready to surrender himself and all his possessions to the Imam.

Mr Jiwa states that:

"This action does not appear to have been authorized personally by the Aga Khan .."

"In distributing Farman books obtained from Tajdin to other Ismailis, he has not violated either the Ismaili Constitution or any Farmans"

He has not violated the copyright act as "Tajdin was given express authority by the Imam" and regardless of the fact that "the limitations period provided for by the Copyright Act also bars this action as the books containing the Farmans were commenced publication in the year 1992", he will still do whatever the Imam tells him to do.

Mr Jiwa clarifies finances:

He "obtains these books for C$50.00 and sells them for C$50.00 or gives them free, without any profit.

"All monies received by him from the sale of (other) books after 2005 were delivered to the Jamatkhanas"

Mr Jiwa further states that:

"If the Imam edited the Farman before releasing to the Jamats, in effect he is superceding the Farman he made orally previously."

He "unconditionally reconfirms his oath of allegiance to his Imam" and "if the Imam does not desire his Farman books to be distributed to the Jamats (...) this defendant will submit to the instructions of His Imam without reservation whatsoever"

Replies From the Plaintiff are due within 10 days, and Affidavits of Documents are due 30 days later.

[Update from May 6: Ogilvy Renault, the law firm which launched the case has asked for an extension of 15 days to reply to the Defense. They claim delays due to breakdown of email servers, blackberry communication, travel of senior lawyer, time difference with Paris etc...The more delays in this file, the more damage it creates to the reputation of the Ismaili community, the Imam and the defendants. It is to the advantage of all parties that this case be withdrawn from the courts.]

[Update from June 22: Defendants have filed a Motion for summary Judgement to have the case dismissed.]

[Update from September 5:
Online Book that gathers court materials as well as articles that are currently available for the ongoing 2010 Lawsuit:

Copyright Lawsuit 2010: Online Book of All available Materials
News on cross-examinations:
Copyright Lawsuit: CROSS_EXAMINATIONS Table of Contents - 2010-09-04
Latest Development
Copyright Lawsuit: Imam Appears for Discovery and Ends the Case - 2010-10-15
As users are asking to read the letters from Nagib and Alnaz on the court docket, the latest have been attached on the following link:
A. Various Court Filings

Revised Factums have been posted Here:
2010-11-29 Summary Judgment : Plaintiffs Revised Combined Factums of Reply and of Motion
2010-11-29 Summary Judgment: Defendants' Revised Factums of Motion and of Reply

There has been proven fraud in the recent past in the Aga Khan's domain by the Aga Khan's agents:
Aga Khan Lawsuit: Fraud at Aga Khan Studs - 2000-02-22

2011-05-25: A Jamati Member who has never met the Defendants volunteered as his brotherly duty to pay the $30,000 that was demanded in the Plaintiff''s submissions and that was accordingly ordered by the judge.
Read the full details of the $30,000 payment directly to H.H. The Aga Khan.

2011-06-16: The Appeal Memorandum of Fact and Law against the Summary Judgment has been filed in court by the defendants on June 16th, 2011.
Read the Full Appeal Memorandum of Fact and Law

Link to Court Docket Case T-514-10
Link to Court Docket Appeal A-60-11
Link to Court Docket Appeal A-59-11
Link to Court Docket Appeal A-156-13

Latest News Comments

Tajdin Defence Apr 29.10.pdf491.02 KB
Jiwa AK Defence Apr 29.10.pdf543.82 KB


Shocking and unbeleivable

Shocking and unbeleivable that President,Chair of ITREB and Huzur, in India did not arrange to translate and read the Farmans in Gujerati. They all know full well that 90% of the Jamat will not understand or benefit from them or the experience of Farmans in themselves.

Are you absolutely sure, absolutely that the Farmans were in English in all JK's in India ? If so;

Was there no announcement to say it will be translated and read in Gujerati at the later date. (There is no excuse for this even in one JK which you attended)

How can Mukhi and Kamadia Sahebs in India allow this and do nothing ! They are equally responsible, if they just stand by and do nothing.

This is another example of blocking Imams Farmans from 90% of the jamat India. If they can do this so blatantly , then what else they are doing at the expense of the Jamat, and they can only do this because they are benefiting materially. Therefore nothing can be excluded. No shame and no respect for the Jamat or Hazar Imam.

What was more important than translating Farmans and communicating them to the Jamat in htier national languages immediately and certainly within 72 hours. Why have they not done do ? Can any Leaders share this !. They have had the Farmans for weeks. Do they not have any translaters at ITREB or Al Waezeens in India ?

If the President in India and ITREB do not read them in Gujerati in the next few weeks then they should frankly resign or read a farman from hazar Imam that hazar Imam does not want 90% of the Jamat in India.not to get or understand the Farmans

I agree with you regarding a Farman being read only once in JK;

1 Murids cannot remember even 50% after they leave JK, and 25% in a few days. Iff only in English in India , then less they will not even remember 10% of the Farman.Let alone unfdetstand them fully. Forget about being able to share them.

2 Murids who are in JK for example Ladies who have children and have to attend to them. They cannot listen or understand. Volunteers who have to be outside. How do they get access to farmans in not read again or they can read them

3 Murids who could not come to JK on the day. How do they get the benefit or understand or follow them

4 Murids who have old and sick who cant come to JK anyway

Another example of not sharing Imams farmans with all murids, and blocking them. The only reason is they do not care for the Jamat and they do not respect Hazar Imam and their Bayah means nothing to them.

No wonder there are 3 cases there so far and the promise by Leaders is only talk ( Sirf Bate). They will spend whatever it takes to win and "manage" the cases so that they can control the "chairs".!.

The Jamat needs to wake up.

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