As Google and other Silicon Valley firms decry an appellate court ruling holding that an actress had a copyright interest in her performance, enough to force YouTube to remove an inflammatory “Innocence of Muslims” video, the judges who ruled for her request have amended their opinion.
The original, unexpected 2-1 decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in February held that even though Cindy Lee Garcia had a minor role in the movie, which triggered protests in the Muslim world in 2012, she had an independent copyright interest in her performance. That allowed her to win an injunction to force YouTube to take down the video. The judges concluded that she was likely to suffer irreparable harm if the movie continued to appear on YouTube, as she had received death threats for her connection to the project.
Their judgment still stands, but 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge…
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