Actress files for TRO on Google to remove anti-Islam video
06 Nov 2012 07:50 GMT
 
California: Google continues to be stubborn about not removing the disgusting anti-Islam video from its video sharing network, YouTube, even after being slapped with harshest protests all over the Islamic world. But Google may have to lick the dust now at the hands of video’s own actress who has filed against the incorporation on copyright issue. By Farhan Iqbal

California: Google continues to be stubborn about not removing the disgusting anti-Islam video from its video sharing network, YouTube, even after being slapped with harshest protests all over the Islamic world. But Google may have to lick the dust now at the hands of video’s own actress who has filed against the incorporation on copyright issue.

Google is again in hot waters after hurting the sentiments of millions of Muslims across the globe as the actress shown in pathetic anti-Islam video has filed in federal court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Google to pull down the YouTube video.

Cindy Lee Garcia has filed an ex parte application for a TRO before the US District Court for the Central District of California, claiming that she never assigned the rights to the copyrighted work to anyone, and was asking YouTube to remove the video as its copyright holder.

Following the global distribution of the film by YouTube, Garcia became the subject of an Islamic fatwa issued by an Egyptian cleric to kill the director, producer, actors and others involved in helping and promoting the video, according to the filing.

A judge in California refused in September to order YouTube to pull down the disgusting anti-Islam movie after Garcia had filed for a TRO against YouTube and the person alleged to have doctored the film to give it an anti-Islam viewpoint.

The pathetic movie on YouTube sparked violent protests at US diplomatic missions in all Muslim countries even in western countries with Muslim population. In the complaint in September before the Superior Court of the State of California for the county of Los Angeles, Garcia claimed invasion of privacy, misappropriation of her likeness, fraud and unfair business practices.

Garcia alleged that she was cast in a film titled “Desert Warrior” and that defendant Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, also known as Sam Bacile, a resident of Los Angeles county, told her that it was an adventure film about ancient Egyptians.

The case in the federal court is however predicated on a copyright claim, said her counsel M. Cris Armenta in an email. Armenta said, “Counsel for Google and YouTube informed us that they believe that Ms. Garcia does not have a copyrightable interest, or that the work was a joint work before her and Nakoula. We have since informed counsel that Nakoula disavows ownership interest in the film.”

Not once has the defendant Nakoula disputed that the plaintiff retained the rights to her copyrighted performance, according to the filing, which charges YouTube of not acting expeditiously to her request to remove or disable the content after a copyright claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the filing. Nakoula, also a defendant in the federal lawsuit, is currently detained at a Bureau of Prisons detention center in Los Angeles for unrelated reasons.



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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