Sharia Enforced: Google ordered to remove anti-Islamic film from YouTube

This is bad. A bad omen of things to come:


By Jonathan Stempel and Dan Levine

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google Inc to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world.


By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Google’s assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims” amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had objected to the film after learning that it incorporated a clip she had made for a different movie, which had been partially dubbed and in which she appeared to be asking: “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”

In a statement, Google said: “We strongly disagree with this ruling and will fight it.”

They should. Our future depends on it.

Cris Armenta, a lawyer for Garcia, said she is delighted with the decision.

“Ordering YouTube and Google to take down the film was the right thing to do,” Armenta said in an email. “The propaganda film differs so radically from anything that Ms. Garcia could have imagined when the director told her that she was being cast in the innocent adventure film.”

“The right thing to do”. WTF did we hear that before?

The controversial film, billed as a film trailer, depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a fool and a sexual deviant. It sparked a torrent of anti-American unrest among Muslims in Egypt, Libya and other countries in 2012.

That outbreak coincided with an attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. U.S. and other foreign embassies were also stormed in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

For many Muslims, any depiction of the prophet is considered blasphemous.

Google had refused to remove the film from YouTube, despite pressure from the White House and others, though it blocked the trailer in Egypt, Libya and certain other countries.

In court filings, Google argued that Garcia appeared in the film for five seconds, and that while she might have legal claims against the director, she should not win a copyright lawsuit against Google.

The film has now become an important part of public debate, Google argued, and should not be taken down.

“Our laws permit even the vilest criticisms of governments, political leaders, and religious figures as legitimate exercises in free speech,” the company wrote.

But Garcia argued that her performance within the film was independently copyrightable and that she retained an interest in that copyright.

A lower court had refused her request that Google remove the film from YouTube. In Wednesday’s decision, however, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said Garcia was likely to prevail on her copyright claim, and having already faced “serious threats against her life,” faced irreparable harm absent an injunction.

He called it a rare and troubling case, given how Garcia had been duped. “It’s disappointing, though perhaps not surprising, that Garcia needed to sue in order to protect herself and her rights,” he wrote.

The case is Garcia vs. Google Inc et al., 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 12-57302.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York and Dan Levine in San Francisco; editing by David Gregorio, G Crosse and Dan Grebler)

3 thoughts on “Sharia Enforced: Google ordered to remove anti-Islamic film from YouTube”

  1. NO … YouTube cannot allow brain deaders from islam to dictate what others might want to watch. So its a film to do with Islam. We must be allowed in all freedom to pick and choose. This freedom comes with us being allowed to watch anything said to be contradictory and the freedom to make OUR OWN CHOICE. My choices should not be dictated by a satanic religion that thinks it can dictate to the rest of the world. I am all for freedom and democracy – Islam is NOT for this and as far as I am concerned their demands should be ignored 100%.

  2. Directors and producers change scripts and edit in and out scenes and dialogue all the time; none of which can they be sued for by paid actors – until now, that was!


  3. Garcia should have followed the dictates of common sense by keeping her mouth shut. Insted, she sought publicity.

    The performance and iuts derivatives belong to the producer, not to the cast.

    Casting aside the literary license taken, what is wrong with the conxceptual content of the trailer?

    The Arabs have word for what Moe did to Aisha between their marriagwe when she was six and consummation when she was nine years old: Mufa’Khathat. The practice is permitted because Moe performed it. He lusted after but did not marry other infants.

    The tryst with Hafsa’s slave girl is written up in the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

    Yafoor and Miriam were ‘gifts’ [tribute] from subordinate ruler in a province of Egypt.

    Every time Muslims bitch about lifting the lid from the septic tank we should lift it higher and shine more light on the contents.

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