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Free speech victory

4 years 9 months 3 days ago Monday, May 18 2015 May 18, 2015 May 18, 2015 7:56 PM May 18, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

SAN FRANCISCO- It is called a victory for free speech advocates as a federal appeals court says YouTube should not have been forced to remove an anti-Muslim film that touched off violence in the Middle East.

The court sided with Google after free speech advocates asked the court to overturn the 9th Circuit's ruling that ordered the film be taken down. Its not clear when or if the short film will be reposted.

It all began when actress Cindy Lee Garcia wanted "Innocence of Muslims" removed after she received death threats. She argued she had a copyright claim because she thought she was acting in a different film.

But Google, which owns YouTube, said Garcia had no rights to the short film since the filmmaker wrote the dialogue, managed the production and dubbed over her lines.

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