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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



Dear All , Ya Ali Madad ,
........As in recent comments , the GINANS are on discussion , i need to write - inform , that , since my childhood , i am habituated of reciting - singing Ginans , in jks , inspired of - from , my Grand Father , my one uncle , whom we call BHAIJI and my MOTHER ( all three expired long before - may Mawla allow them in eternal peace ) , and whether , i may be , in Ahmedabad or Mumbai , in my JKs , i am given chance - vara , for Ginan , probably thrice a week , sometimes more also , and , i enjoy , as well as , jamats also enjoy , hearing Ginans in its Original Raags ,

......since i came Nairobi , since last 2 nd July , once - first , i demanded to Ginan Incharge , to give me , one vara of
Ginan , i was given also , but then after , i did not need to ask for vara , and , in Nairobi Darkhana , where it is hardly possible to get chance of vara for Ginan for couple of weeks - due to number of candidates , i was given vara of Ginan , for number of times , and , till today , i have been reciting - singing Ginans , in about total 105 Ginans , within 75 days , including , morning - evening , and , that also , without repeating a single Ginan , and , i know , how , i was personally given compliments , from so many individuals , for Hearing such Ginans , in such Original Raags , and , some were asking me , from where i am ? ,and , honestly speaking - i proudly say - from India ! , i say nothing to praise myself ,
......but , just to say , convey and understand , that , inspite of Aiglemontians , Hard Work to Destroy out , Ginans , fom
Jamats Worldwide , still there is same Importance - Presence of Ginans , in Jamats Everywhere , with Spiritual Hunger for Ginans , in the Minds and Hearts of Ismailis , and , how Jamats in General like it and Enjoy it Spiritually , everywhere ! ,
one oldaged baimaa called my younger daughter and said , you are lucky for being daughter of such daddy , tell your
daddy , he is gifted by MHI for Ginans , hearing this Kasida - NOOR MAWLANA KARIM ,i did not want to open my eyes keeping hearing for hours , but , it was over soon ( due to limitation of 4/5 minutes) same kasida , when i had recited in my Manikpur JK , before few months , Present Mukhi saheb , in jk hall , after jk over , had come to me , and , in presense of others , had greeted me , taking into both his hands , and said , bahuj mast kasida tame bolya , ane maza avi gai , tamne khuda ni den chhe !

......these are samples of my experinces , more than me , are with so many other jamati members everywhere !
......this could be happening for any Ginan reciter - singer , GINANS are RESULT OF LIFE TIME HARD WORK and SPIRITUAL POWER GIFTED BY IMAMS to OUR BELOVED PIRS , Jamats love Ginans - Jamats want to Hear and Know Ginans and what is ( Knowledge ) in Ginans , GINANS are not merely poetry , or , matter of past only - its a matter of Past , Present and Future , each Ginan is Full of Spiritual Food - Spiritual Knowledge. Leaders , if , will not study , then , can not understand , in their next seven further lives also , Ginans are having everything - all knowledge , which we need as ismaili , i think and hope , All Leaders Particularly Concerned Leaders , Study and Understand , GINANS , and , what is in Ginans , before it becomes too late for them ,but , for Jamats Everywhere , it was Must , it is Must and it will be Must , For Ever , No Body can stop it i request , others also share their experiences with GINANS ..thank you .....ya ali madad .....!

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