“The Innocence of Muslims.”
A federal appeals court agreed Wednesday to reconsider its February takedown order of the inflammatory YouTube video “The Innocence of Muslims.”
The move by the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals comes after digital rights groups and media outlets complained that the court’s 2-1 decision “arguably expands the concept of copyright ownership in a manner that could allow the subjects of news coverage to exercise veto power over unflattering broadcasts” (PDF).
The flap surrounds an actress in the 2012 video that sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia convinced the appeals court to remove the video after complaining that she received death threats and was fired from her work. Garcia said she was duped into being in the “hateful anti-Islamic production.” The Southern California actress said she believed she would be appearing in an adventure movie, but in the end, she appeared for five seconds and asked: “Is your Muhammad a child molester?”
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