Actress In Anti-Muslim Film May Have Flimsy Copyright Case

Law360, New York (October 1, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT) -- An actress who appeared in the anti-Islam film that sparked protests around the world faces an uphill battle as she seeks to block distribution of the film by arguing that it infringes the copyright on her performance, since there is little legal precedent supporting an actor's claim to a copyright interest in a film, attorneys said.

Courts have rarely addressed the issue because virtually all professional productions require actors and others involved with a film to sign a work-for-hire agreement assigning to the producer the copyright in their contributions. Cindy Lee Garcia, who claims she was duped into appearing in the notorious "Innocence of...

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