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Director Asghar Farhadi found guilty of plagiarizing the idea of ​​A Hero

Asgar Farhadi

Asgar Farhadi
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director Asgar Farhadi was found guilty of plagiarism by an Iranian court for attacking the concept of his film, A herofrom a documentary filmed by one of his former students.

The Tehran court ruled that Farhadi violated the student’s copyright Azadeh Masihzadeh, the key elements of her documentary for A hero without counting Masihzadeh. The former student showed her documentary film All winners all losers in his class in 2014 at Karnameh Institute after finding the subject and making up the story herself.

“While most of the other characters followed by the rest of the students had already been interviewed by national television or other media programs, Ms. Masihzadeh did all the research to find her story and character herself and independently,” says Negar Eskandarfar, who Manager of said Karnameh ABC news.

A second judge is now to decide on Farhadi’s sentence IndieWirethreatens the director with giving up “all earnings from showing the film in theaters or online” or even jail time. Masihzadeh is considered to be not guilty in a separate defamation case filed against her. If the court had ruled that Masihzadeh was guilty of defaming Farhadi, she could have been sentenced to 74 lashes and two years in prison.

It should be noted that while Masihzadeh signed a document (what meaningless), which “allowed” Farhadi to credit the documentary’s concept, Masihzadeh filed the lawsuit against Farhadi only after he filed the defamation lawsuit against her, accusing her of “spreading lies about him.”

The Tehran court’s decision is reportedly binding and cannot be appealed, with local reports stating that the Tehran Culture and Media Court “examined the documents and the reasons for the occurrence of the crime and its commission by Mr. Farhadi are sufficient and has a final order to summon Mr. Farhadi to court.” However, Farhadi’s lawyer, Kaveh Rad, shared on Instagram that the sentencing process is indeed ongoing.

“The decision is not the final judgment of the court and will be considered part of the trial, and in the continuation of the trial the case will be reconsidered first in the Second Criminal Court and then in the Court of Appeals,” Rad said wrote (Per meeting).

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