9th Circ. Sides With Google, Nixes Anti-Islam Video Ruling

Law360, New York (May 18, 2015, 1:21 PM EDT) -- The full Ninth Circuit on Monday overturned a highly controversial panel decision that forced Google Inc. to pull an anti-Islam video from YouTube, calling it a "dubious" copyright ruling that "gave short shrift" to the First Amendment.

The appeals court's reversal came in the closely watched case of Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who sued Google after receiving death threats based on her role in the incendiary "Innocence of Muslims" — the same film that allegedly sparked riots in the Middle East in 2012.

A trial court initially tossed the case, but a divided Ninth Circuit panel said in February 2014...

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