July 3, 2022

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Director Asghar Farhadi found guilty of stealing the idea of ​​”Hero”

Director Asghar Farhadi found guilty of stealing the idea of ​​"Hero"

Asghar Farhadi

Asghar Farhadi
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Director Asghar Farhadi He was convicted of plagiarism by an Iranian court to raise the concept of his film, a herofrom a documentary made by one of his former students.

Tehran court found Farhadi’s infringement of the student’s copyright Azadeh Masihzadeh, considering the essential elements of her documentary film a hero without giving credit to Masih Zadeh. The former student presented her documentary film All winners all losers In his 2014 class at Karnama Institute after finding the topic and crafting the story herself.

“While most of the other characters the students followed have already been interviewed by national television or other media programmes, Ms. Masizadeh did all the research to find her story and character on her own and independently,” Nigar Skandervar, Director of Karnameh said. News Letters.

Farhadi’s sentence will now be decided by a second judge but, for each IndiewireThe director faces giving up “all income earned by showing the film in theaters or online” or even imprisonment. Masihzadeh was considered not guilty in a separate defamation case brought against her. If the court decides Masihzadeh is guilty of defaming Farhadi, she could be given 74 lashes and two years in prison.

It should be noted that while Masih Zadeh signed a document (considered Does not make sense) that he “allowed” Farhadi to take credit for the concept of the documentary, Masihzadeh did not file the lawsuit against Farhadi until after he filed a defamation lawsuit against her, accusing her of “spreading lies about him”.

The decision passed down by the Tehran court is reportedly binding and not up for appeal, with local reports stating the Tehran Culture and Media Court “has considered the documents and the reasons provided for the occurrence of the crime and its commission by Mr. Farhadi to be sufficient and has issued a final order to summon Mr. Farhadi to trial.” However, Farhadi’s lawyer, Kaveh Rad, took to Instagram to share that the verdict process is indeed still ongoing.

“The decision is not the final verdict of the court and is considered part of the trial process, and in the continuation of the trial process, the case will be reexamined first in the second criminal court and then in the appellate court,” Rad (for every Delivery time).

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