A California appeals court ordered Google to take down videos of the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims" because of copyright issues.
The anti-Islamic 14-minute film was reportedly the catalyst for a "fatwa" on the lives of anyone involved in the film, including actress Cindy Lee Garcia who filed the copyright claim, according to GigaOm. In a 2-1 ruling, the court ordered the removal of the video from YouTube and all other platforms Wednesday. It also requires that Google take steps to prevent any new uploads.
Garcia, who made $500 acting in the film, said that she was tricked by the producer who dubbed "offensive lines" in the Arabic version of the film, namely, "Is your Mohammed a child molester?" Garcia also said that her appearance caused her to receive death threats. She claimed she had a copyright in the film and tried to get Google to take down the videos.
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Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an actress in the Innocence of Muslims trailer may have a copyright claim over her five-second appearance in the video. As a result the court ordered Google to remove the video from our services. We strongly disagree with this ruling and will fight it.”