A federal Court of Appeals in San Francisco early this week overturned last year’s ruling that demanded Google to remove a YouTube video, in which an actress was seen to have made anti-Muslim statements.
A majority of the 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that Cindy Lee Garcia’s video performance, the actress who objected her portrayal in the clip, called “Innocence of Muslims,” didn’t entitle her copyright protection of the film, which a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit ruled in 2014.
In the absence of copyright protection, it was ruled by the 9th Circuit, that Garcia has no power to order Google to remove the video off YouTube.
The court threw out an injunction issued in the previous year that prompted Google to remove the film. It reinstated from an earlier ruling which found Garcia without copyright protection.
Garcia believed her performance in the film gave her copyright protection and that such shield would allow her to get YouTube to take it down.