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

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Thursday, 2010, April 29
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Heritage News
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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

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Jiwa AK Defence Apr 29.10.pdf543.82 KB

Comments

Salim Jiwa Dharamsey M Kamadia ..

Salim Jiwa who Dharamsey and Kamadia communicate with said he got the following questions which Nagib agreed to ask MHI on 15th Oct 2010, but did not - However Imam answered them in the meeting ?

S Jiwa says " Tajdin confirmed by telephone the morning before the discovery that these were the four questions, but he added a fifth one. ( So Imam knew the questions from Mr Gray. Salim will have known from Gray or Sachedina & Manji)

1. Has HH consented to the publication of the books in question in this lawsuit? ( Imam remembered the Mehmani well, and allowed all the books distributed to be retained and Imam offered annotated Farmans to them. all the earlier editions were allowed to be distributed and none returned)
2. If HH has not, is Mr. Tajdin still allowed to publish the 1992 books? ( Imam said yes to Q1 , and Imam said we will meet and work together)
3. If HH doesn’t want him to print and publish books, from what date? ( Imam said return the books not distributed and we will meet again.)
4. Can he publish previous Imam’s Farmans; whether in copyright or not? ( Imam offered annotated Farmans and previous Farmans are Imams Farmans)
5. Are the letters forged? ( Imam did not say I am the plaintiff and started with making a suggestion and a direction to end the lawsuit)

Salim Jiwa made the following misleading statements in his article
" the two ( Nagib and Alnaz) are disputing that the agreement they reached was to allow the court to approve the original statement of claim by the Aga Khan which sought punitive and exemplary damages and the return of books printed and distributed by the pair" NOT TRUE
" However, it has become apparent that the Aga Khan and his lawyer do not believe a religious audience was granted." ( who told Salim Jiwa ? Gray or Sachefina ? )
"One of the defendants, Jiwa, said he tried to present a box of chocolates to the spiritual leader but he did not take it saying that he could not do so during a formal court proceeding." Not true - Imam said I accept the Mehmani... )
"Nagib .. consented to the Aga Khan seeking and obtaining the original remedies sought under the statement of claim and begged forgiveness and said sorry about the allegations of forgery." Not true !
" letters written to court demonstrate that Tajdin and Alnaz, have presented to Ismailis an entirely different version of the events on the Heritage website, causing exasperation for the lawyer representing the Aga Khan who calls their understanding of events of what his client said as “warped" ( Not true)

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