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According to MyNewsLA.com, the trial of a copyright-infringement lawsuit over LED ZEPPELIN‘s 1971 classic “Stairway To Heaven” has been postponed from its previously scheduled start date of May 10. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has moved the trial to June 14 after previously ruling that the proceedings would last less than a week and attorneys would have no more than ten hours per side to present evidence.

The members of LED ZEPPELIN will have to defend themselves in a U.S. Federal court in a jury trial after being sued by Michael Skidmore, the trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, on behalf of the late SPIRIT guitarist who wrote “Taurus” and performed under the name Randy California. The trust is hoping to not only win a monetary judgment, but also secure a writing credit for California on “Stairway To Heaven”.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will not appear at the upcoming trial, but have already sat for individual depositions in their defense.

The performance and publishing worth of LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Stairway To Heaven” is estimated to be over $560 million.

The Pulse Of Radio posted some of the restrictions for the upcoming lawsuit that may act in Plant and Page‘s favor:

* The only version of “Taurus” that will be allowed to be played during the trial will be those that were filed with the copyright office in 1967. Other versions that the plaintiff’s lawyers wanted to present that, presumably, showed the similarities between guitar passages even better, are now off limits.
* The expert’s written opinions that were to be submitted at trial that were based on the disallowed recordings have been rejected. The plaintiff’s lawyers have five days to submit new reports based only on the allowed recordings.
* All testimony on LED ZEPPELIN‘s history of plagiarism is barred. The only evidence that will be allowed will be two quotes made by Jimmy Page, himself, in magazine articles on how he wrote music.
* There will be no testimony on the drinking or drug habits of the members of LED ZEPPELIN.
* There will be no testimony on the wealth of the members of the group.
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-copyright-lawsuit-delayed/#4T0IqIW1L2VqF9rF.99

Well, it’s not like she could be a professional venture capitalist anymore. Or a Reddit CEO.



Ellen Pao has turned to the one thing she has proven effective at — talking loudly about diversity. This week, the former Reddit CEO, famous for a failed gender discrimination lawsuit against VC firm Kleiner Perkins, launched Project Include, a new Silicon Valley advocacy group to make life miserable for meritocrats.

According to their website, Project Include will urge companies to “improve opportunities for all employees, including all underrepresented groups (gender, race, class, age, religion, disability, education, sexual orientation, and others).” They call for “multiple, sustained efforts, a comprehensive approach, and a long-term commitment. An effective solution covers all aspects of a company  —  its culture, its operations, and its teams.”

Many Silicon Valley companies, known for the hyper-progressiveness of their CEOs,already take such a “comprehensive approach.” Intel, for example, has been running so-called “MicroInequities” training for its employees for years.

Still, Pao is likely to enjoy success in her new initiative. Despite her track record of failure, which included a disastrous lawsuit against her former employer Kleiner Perkins, and her resignation as CEO of social news site Reddit after the worst series of user rebellions in the site’s history, she remains a darling of the progressive media.

They’re even content to ignore some of the disturbing facts that emerged in the course of her trial, including her bullying of colleagues at Kleiner Perkins and her husband’s history of vexatious discrimination lawsuits. Commentators were also content to ignore that Kleiner Perkins, who Pao said discriminated against her, had one of the best track records of hiring women in Silicon Valley.

Tech journalists are still content to ignore this, with WIRED calling her “one of the most prominent faces of Silicon Valley’s diversity movement.”

It seems Pao’s quest to profit from the tech industry’s paranoia about diversity is only just beginning.



The Windsor Islamic Association (Windsor Mosque) operates and administers various Islamic social, educational and charitable programs for over 25,000 Muslims in the City of Windsor, Ontario and surrounding areas since 1964.

According to its mission statement, “the Windsor Islamic Association strives to foster better citizens and effective leaders for the future of the Muslim community; by providing a proper, financially stable and most conducive environment for the Muslims of Windsor through quality religious, cultural, educational and social services & programs. An environment supported by a solid and sustainable organizational capacity.”

The Windsor Islamic Association provides in its official website basic information on Islam for non Muslims. The section “Islam 101 Course” based on the website http://www.introductiontoislam.org deals also with the treatment of non Muslims in Islam. The following are excerpts from “Islam 101 Course”:

How should Muslims treat Jews and Christians?

The Quran calls them “People of the Book”, i.e., those who received Divine scriptures before Muhammad (P).

Muslims are told to treat them with respect and justice and do not fight with them unless they initiate hostilities or ridicule their faith. The Muslims ultimate hope is that they all will join them in worshipping one God and submit to His will.

“Say (O Muhammad): O people of the Book (Jews and Christians) come to an agreement between us and you, that we shall worship none but Allah, and that we shall take no partners with Him, and none of us shall take others for Lords beside Allah. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are those who have surrendered (unto Him).” (Quran 3:64)

What about Hindus, Bahai, Buddhists and members of other religions? They should also be treated with love, respect, and understanding to make them recipients of Invitations to Islam.”

Is Islam intolerant of other religious minorities?

Islam recognizes the rights of the minority. To ensure their welfare and safety, Muslim rulers initiated a tax (Jazia) on them.

Prophet Muhammad (P) forbade Muslim armies to destroy churches and synagogues. Caliph Umer did not even allow them to pray inside a church. Jews were welcomed and flourished in Muslim Spain even when they were persecuted in the rest of Europe. They consider that part of their history as the Golden Era.

In Muslim countries, Christians live in prosperity, hold government positions and attend their church. Christian missionaries are allowed to establish and operate their schools and hospitals.

However, the same religious tolerance is not always available to Muslim minorities as seen in the past during Spanish inquisition and the crusades, or as seen now by the events in Bosnia, Israel and India. Muslims do recognize that sometimes the actions of a ruler does not reflect the teachings of his religion.”

ICNA Canada’s online syllabus explains Islam’s treatment of non-Muslims based on the Hadith

ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada is an Islamic nationalwide organization striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.” ICNA Canada is considered the biggest Islamic organization in Canada.

Located at 391 Burnhamthorpe Rd., East, Oakville, Ontario, ICNA Canada emphasizes that “the propagation of true and universal message of Islam is only possible in Canada when whole Canadian Muslim Community transformed into a Dawah community by practicing and propagating the true Islamic Way of Life. With the vision of building an exemplary Canadian Muslim community it is very important to spread the word of Islam…”

Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi is the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada andis also serving as Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams (“Grand Mufti” of Canada). he also served as Director of Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville, Ontario from 2004 to 2011, prior to which he served as Imam of Muslim Association of Calgary Islamic Center from 1998-2004 and as a member of the University of Calgary chaplaincy team.

On its official website ICNA Canada shares with its members, followers and supporters the book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous” رياض الصالحين) compiled by Imam Zakaruya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi, a Sunni Shafi’ite jurist and hadith scholar who lived in 13th century.

The Gardens of the Righteous (Arabic: Riyadh as-Salihin), is a compilation of verses from the Qur’an and hadith by Al-Nawawi. It contains a total of 1905 hadith divided across 372 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran.

The book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous”) which appears on ICNA Canada site adds modern commentary to the verses from the Qur’an and hadith.

The following are excerpts from the book which deal with the duty of jihad and and its offensive role in fighting heresy in the world in order to bring about an Islamic global dominance.

Commentary [to (Hadith): 175]: Besides mentioning the excellence of `Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) and the miracle of the Prophet (PBUH), this Hadith tells about the procedure of Jihad. According to procedure, first of all, polytheists and infidels should be invited to Islam, and if they reject the invitation, then Jihad be made against them. Jihad is such an action that if at its initial stage, that is to say at the stage of invitation, some people accept the guidance, then the people who will participate in Jihad will get the reward of good deeds done by those who would join the fold of Islam.

Commentary [to (Hadith): 208]:

If it comes to Jihad against infidels, polytheists and the people of the Book (Ahl-ul-Kitab) then before waging war against them, they should be invited to Islam and told about the prescribed Salat (prayers), Zakat and other teachings of Islam..”

Commentary [to (Hadith): 321]: “…In certain circumstances, however, Jihad becomes Fard-ul-`ain (individual duty — an injunction or ordinance, the obligation of which extends to every Muslim in person) and in that case permission of the parents to take part in Jihad is not essential because then every Muslim is duty-bound to take part in it.

Commentary [to (Hadith): 390]: “This Hadith brings out the following three points:

l. The objective of Jihad. This objective warrants that one must struggle against Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (polytheism) and the worship of falsehood in all its forms. Jihad has to continue until this objective is achieved. This contention is supported by a Hadith, to the effect thatJihad will continue till the Day of Resurrection.

In this Hadith the word (An-Nas) translated above as “people” stands for the polytheists and idolaters. The reason being that other Nasus (pl. of Nass, meaning `text’) confirm the exemption of Ahl-ul-Kitab (people of the Scriptures) from it subject to the condition that they agree to pay Jizyah (dues imposed by Islam on the people of the Book living under the protection of an Islamic state) and submit to the Muslim rule. The Arab pagans have only the choice to either embrace Islam or face war. In the latter case, it is incumbent on the Mulsims to wage Jihad against them to wipe out Kufr and Shirk and raise the banner of Tauhid everywhere.

This Hadith strongly refutes the people who distort the Islamic concept of Jihad and hold that Islam preaches defensive war only. It is an apologetic approach because defensive war has to be fought in any case by every nation and country. Thus, it is a compulsion and needs no justification.

The real distinction of Islam lies in its enjoining Muslims to wage war for upholding the truth beside fighting for their own defense.

The domination of Kufr, Shirk and falsehood is darkness, heresy and tyranny, and the objective of Islam is to purge the world of all these evils.

It aims at liberating man from the worship of man, set them on the path of worship of Allah, and to provide a just and equitable society to mankind.

Wherever in the world there is tyranny, ignorance and heresy, Muslims are bound to fight such evils and finish them by means of Jihad.

There is also a third form of Jihad which is waged against countries where Muslims are victims of aggression, suppression and cruelties of the non-Muslims. It is incumbent upon Muslims to liberate their brethren in Faith from the clutches of the non-Muslims by means of Jihad.

So long Muslims performed this obligation with a sense of duty, Islam and its followers were dominant in the world and ever since they have ignored this obligation, both are in subjugation and disgrace. In other words, the secret of power and stability of Muslims lies in Jihad. Muslims need to understand this secret like their ancestors.”

The kuffaar (infidels) should be compelled to enter Islam

Shaykh Abdul Aziz Bin Baz, a Saudi Islamic scholar and a leading proponent of the Salafi form of Islam, which is accepted by many Sunni Muslims in Canada, issued the following Islamic ruling in this regard:

The scholars explained that these two verses, and other similar verses, have to do with those from whom the jizyah may be taken, such as Jews, Christians and Magians (Zoroastrians). They are not to be forced, rather they are to be given the choice between becoming Muslim or paying the jizyah.

Other scholars said that this applied in the beginning, but was subsequently abrogated by Allaah’s command to fight and wage jihad.

So whoever refuses to enter Islam should be fought when the Muslims are able to fight, until they either enter Islam or pay the jizyah if they are among the people who may pay jizyah. The kuffaar (infidels) should be compelled to enter Islam if they are not people from whom the jizyah may be taken, because that will lead to their happiness and salvation in this world and in the Hereafter.

Obliging a person to adhere to the truth in which is guidance and happiness is better for him than falsehood. Just as a person may be forced to do the duty that he owes to other people even if that is by means of imprisonment or beating, so forcing the kaafirs to believe in Allaah alone and enter into the religion of Islam is more important and more essential, because this will lead to their happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.

This applies unless they are People of the Book, i.e., Jews and Christians, or Magians, because Islam says that these three groups may be given the choice: they may enter Islam or they may pay the jizyah and feel themselves subdued.”


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