Friday, March 28, 2014

Contempt Motion Filed Against Google Over "Innocence of Muslims" Video

As previously reported, last month in Garcia v. Google, Inc.,  the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision held that a preliminary injunction should be granted to require the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims" to be removed from YouTube.  The decision came in a copyright suit filed by Cindy Lee Garcia who acted in a portion of the film. According to Hollywood Reporter, on Tuesday Cindy Garcia filed an emergency contempt motion (full text) with the 9th Circuit. The motion claims that a version of the video is still available on Google's worldwide platform, and is viewable in Egypt where a fatwa was issued for Ms. Garcia's execution.  According to the motion, Google insists that Ms. Garcia has the burden of informing it of every URL on its platforms that has the video before Google has an obligation to take it down. The motion also claims that Google has not taken down any copies of the video, but has merely disabled it so that the viewer sees a thumbnail and an explanation from Google.  In the meantime, Google is seeking en banc review of the 9th Circuit's decision.