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Anti-Islamic video could go back on YouTube after copyright ruling

Zach Miners | May 20, 2015
A woman who received death threats after appearing unwittingly in an anti-Muslim film on YouTube cannot require Google to remove it on the grounds that her performance was copyright-protected, a San Francisco federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The judges' decision, they wrote in the Monday ruling, does not mean that a plaintiff like Garcia couldn't have sought an injunction under different legal theories, like the right of publicity and defamation.

Cris Armenta, an attorney for Garcia, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a statement, a YouTube spokesman said, "We have long believed that the previous ruling was a misapplication of copyright law. We're pleased with this latest ruling by the Ninth Circuit."

However, Alex Kozinski, the lone dissenting judge in Monday's ruling, was not pleased. "In its haste to take Internet service providers off the hook for infringement," he wrote, "the court today robs performers and other creative talent of rights Congress gave them."

 

 

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