Saturday, December 01, 2012

Federal Court Refuses To Order Trailer of "Innocence of Muslims" Taken Down From YouTube

As reported by AP, a federal court in Los Angeles on Friday refused to grant a preliminary injunction to actress Cindy Lee Garcia who appears in the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims" and wants the trailer for the film removed from YouTube.  Garcia claims she was deceived about the film's subject matter and that her voice was dubbed over after filming. Her federal lawsuit alleges copyright infringement.  In Garcia v. Nakoula, (CD CA, Nov. 30, 2012), the court held that even if Garcia owns a copyright in her performance in the film, she necessarily "granted the Film’s author a license to distribute her performance as a contribution incorporated into the indivisible whole of the Film."