9th Cir Innocence of the Muslims
and Santa Monica Takes on Airbnb
Segment 1: 9th Circuit Reverse Take Down Order of Controversial Video
In July 2012 a trailer for the film, “The Innocence of Muslims” was released on YouTube and sparked outrage in the Islamic community that included protests that resulted in over 50 deaths and Fatwas and death threats for movie participants. It was banned in a number of Islamic countries. One of the film’s actors, Cindy Lee Garcia, objected to the use of her performance (which was partially dubbed) since she was led to believe she was appearing in a “historical Arabian Desert adventure film” called Desert Warrior.
In February 2014, the Ninth Circuit ordered Google to remove the film from YouTube and other platforms based on Garcia’s novel claim that she owned a copyright in her performance in the film and who asserted irreparable harm due to death threats received by reason of her appearance in the film. The decision was widely criticized within the internet legal community. The full Ninth Circuit reviewed the decision en banc and yesterday reversed the injunction. Click here for Cyber Report summary.
Gordon Firemark returns to CLBR to discuss the decision. Gordon practices entertainment and media law, helping clients in entertainment, new media, Internet and technology industries acheive their dreams by offering a comprehensive package of legal. business affairs and consulting services. He is the producer and host of Entertainment Law Update, a podcast for artists and professionals in the entertainment industries, and is author of The Podcast, Blog and New Media Producer’s Legal Survival Guide.