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The Troubling ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Ruling

The Troubling ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Ruling

9th Circuit SealUpdate: I’ve received some new input that I’ve appended to the end of the article.

I have nothing but the greatest sympathy for Cindy Lee Garcia. According to her, filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef lied to her about what film she was going to be in, saying it was an action film dubbed “Desert Warrior”, the director then took her footage, redubbed her dialog and put her in the controversial trailer for the film “The Innocence of Muslims”.

The 14-minute trailer became the subject of international scrutiny in 2012 as violence broke out in Muslim countries over the film and its inflammatory content. All of the people involved in the film, including Garcia herself, were threatened, ridiculed and pushed into a major public controversy, one that Garcia never agreed to be in.

But as sympathetic as her story is, the recent ruling in her favor is not only wrong-headed, but potentially dangerous. It’s earned strong criticism from nearly everyone involved in copyright, regardless of their political leanings, and, fortunately, is not likely to survive further challenges.

Still, the ruling has turned what was previously a novelty case, an uninteresting side copyright case about a major international news story, into a potential bombshell that could have major repercussions for all rightsholders, especially those who work in film and photography.Continue Reading

3 Count: Aereo Off

3 Count: Aereo Off

Utah court rules against Aereo, Gawker tells Tarantino that they can’t be sued in California and RIAA looks to end Grooveshark dispute once and for all.Continue Reading

3 Count: Dallas, Dallas, Dallas

3 Count: Dallas, Dallas, Dallas

German domain registrar found liable for site’s copyright infringement, Dallas Buyers Club generates a BitTorrent lawsuit and record labels target SiriusXM.Continue Reading

3 Count: Arguing Bull

3 Count: Arguing Bull

Raging Bull case gets heard in the Supreme Court, Superman copyright termination case may have had its last appeal and Elf-Man has four cases dismissed.Continue Reading

3 Count: A Bit Late

3 Count: A Bit Late

Publishers file suit against Hotfile, James Cameron wins another Avatar lawsuit and the Columbia Journalism Review angers photo editor with infringing imageContinue Reading

An Open Letter to Shia LaBeouf

An Open Letter to Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf’s plagiarism scandal has gone far beyond your normal Hollywood fare, and it’s time for it to stop.Continue Reading

3 Count: Dragon’s Bite

3 Count: Dragon’s Bite

Sweetpea tries again to end D&D case, Swedish file sharer hit with massive damage award and AT&T patents anti-piracy system.Continue Reading

3 Count: Waiting… Waiting…

3 Count: Waiting… Waiting…

Australia has to wait for copyright reform report, UK appeals court rules on copycat software and Warner hits back in ‘Trouble with the Curve’ lawsuit. Continue Reading

3 Count: Not So Wonderful Life

3 Count: Not So Wonderful Life

Paramount threatens to block planned It’s a Wonderful Life sequel, Automattic sues two over false DMCA notices and Pirate Party gets observer status at WTO.Continue Reading

3 Count: Blurred Response

3 Count: Blurred Response

Marvin Gaye estate fires back in Blurred Lines suit, UK extends copyright term on sound recordings and Greek author sues over Fox film.Continue Reading