by Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Fifteen months after it issued an extraordinary order requiring Google to take down a controversial video, based entirely on a specious copyright claim, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has seen the light and rescinded that order.
Quick background: The video in question, called “Innocence of Muslims,” is an anti-Islam polemic that sparked outrage around the world. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia—who was tricked into appearing on-screen, overdubbed, for five seconds—sued Google to have the footage removed. The district court refused and Garcia appealed. The Ninth Circuit concluded Garcia’s copyright claim was “doubtful” but nonetheless ordered Google to remove the film from YouTube and take steps to prevent future uploads. Read the entire story.