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Iran Expert Yarshater Created Iranica Columbia U Is Said to Exclude Public So TRO Granted

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 31 –    Historian Ehsan Yarshater compiled an Encyclopedia Iranica while working at Columbia University. He founded the Persian Heritage Foundation to continue the work.  

Now Columbia is said to claim title to his work.

On July 1, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox. held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

  Judge Fox has ordered an inventory of the disputed materials. Columbia is dispute even that, but lost a June 11 order by Judge Fox, who overruled Columbia's objections. Inner City Press reported on July 1, the fight continues. And it has.

On July 31 the plaintiffs sought a Temporary Restraining Order from District Judge Analisa Torres. They said Columbia is destroying the project, now telling authors that they are given up all right to what they right, and trying to exclude the public from the encyclopedia.

 Columbia's lawyer replied that the University is much more than a landlord. Judge Torres on the evening of July 31 ruled: "ORDER granting (76) Motion for TRO; granting (84) Motion for TRO in case 1:19-cv-07465-AT-KNF; granting (91) Motion for TRO; granting (100) Motion for TRO in case 1:19-cv-08562-AT-KNF. Accordingly, the TRO is GRANTED, to the extent that Defendants are enjoined from publishing fascicle 6 of Volume XVI of the Encyclopaedia Iranica set for publication on August 1, 2020, or any similar fascicle or volume, pending resolution of the motion for a preliminary injunction. See ECF No. 91-1 at 16. It is ORDERED that this matter is set over for a hearing on the motion for a preliminary injunction...  Each side will have a maximum of three hours to examine witnesses." Watch this site.

The case is The Trustees Of Columbia University in the City of New York v. Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, 19-cv-7465 (Torres / Fox). 


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