Nadene Lomu has taken to multiple social media platforms including her Nadene Lomu Real Estate facebook page speaking out defending the rights of Jonah and her sons, Jonah's legacy and her ownship of the IP "Jonah Lomu" for Class 41; bringing light to the voilation and breach of her Intellectual Property rights against the New Zealand Film Commission and the producers involved. Releasing the following statement:
"Hi everyone, as we approach eight years since our beloved Jonah devastatingly passed away leaving our side, there has been alot that I have kept close to my heart however, I just wanted to let all of our family and friends know about something very important that is unfortunately happening to us.
On Monday September 25, I sent letters from myself to the New Zealand Film Commission and all producers of the Jonah Lomu documentary as I feel that a Jonah Lomu documentary, without my knowledge and consent is wrong and illegal.
I have attached to this post screenshots of the registered ownership Intellectual Property Trademark documents, which have been lodged, approved and registered with (IPONZ) Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand stating that all and anything to do with my deceased husband - Jonah Lomu’s name, likeness and image, including any film production and entertainment, must be approved and cleared through me as the owner of this IP.
This stops anyone from trying to exploit and make money off Jonah and I want to protect the authenticity of his legacy for our two sons, Brayley and Dhyreille.
In my letters to the New Zealand Film Commission I have stated my support for their tireless and honest work on getting the New Zealand storytelling out to the world and I fully support all they do.
But on this instance, where my Intellectual Property rights have been violated on the production of a Jonah Lomu documentary, made without my authority or consent nor have I been contacted by anyone in regards to the possibility that there might be a Jonah Lomu documentary. I have been forced to write a 'cease and desist’ to the New Zealand Film Commission and the producers involved from continuing down the path that breaches and infringes on my Intellectual Property rights.
The letters I wrote were from myself directly to the parties as my concerns are and have always been, the protection of Jonah’s and my children.
In saying that, I have no idea on what the story-line or direction of this documentary is taking or where the research has come from, nor has anyone in this process paid attention to see if there are any legal or copyright infringements.
Personally, I have been painted in so many negative ways by the media and public, and bringing this issue up on social media could rekindle or bring up more negative things towards me, but as any mother with children would know, their protection of those they love is the most important thing to them, and negative publicity has always followed Jonah around, especially when he was at the top of his sporting career.
If you are wondering why I have posted this, it's incase the letters I wrote start to leak and I am again painted in a way that is misleading and untrue.
This post is for my protection against any misconceptions about why I would write to the New Zealand Film Commission and the producers of the Jonah Lomu documentary who have infringed on my rights.
I wrote the letters out of aroha and for their understanding.
Lastly for now, I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart; to each and every one of you that have continued to show your kindness and support to the Jonah Jrs and I; it is never unnoticed and we truly appreciate you all."
Arohanui, Nadene Lomu XOXO
Nadene Lomu is also, the one true owner of the Jonah Lomu Estate in accordance with Jonah's Will.