Feeds

YouTube to take down THAT anti-Muslim vid ... over COPYRIGHT issues

Actor manages to do what angry hacktivists could not

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Google has been ordered to remove an inflammatory anti-Muslim film from YouTube.

Clips from the low-budget Innocence of Muslims flick will be purged after an actress who appeared in the film obtained a court order. Cindy Lee Garcia says she was duped into participating in the movie, The Verge reports.

After receiving death threats, Lee Garcia went to law and succeeded in obtaining a temporary takedown order against clips of the film over alleged copyright violations.

Garcia was paid $500 for a minor speaking part in what she was led to believe would be a sword-and-sandals movie called Desert Warrior but her scenes were edited into the new film and overdubbed with the exceptional provocative line "Is your Mohammed a child molester?"

Actors usually give up the right to assert copyright protection, however lawyers for Lee Garcia persuaded the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that this didn't apply in this case because the finished product bore little or no resemblance to the film Lee Garcia agreed to participate in making. The majority ruling is likely to be the subject of an appeal because it sets a precedent for actors that film studios may find unpalatable.

But for now at least the legal action has achieved what protests across the Muslim world in 2012, and denial of service attacks against US banks reportedly run by Islamic hacktivists from the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters crew*, failed to achieve.

Techdirt has an analysis of the appeal court ruling here. ®

Bot-note

Unnamed US spooks told friendly US media outlets that the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters were a front for elements of the Iranian government and/or military. No evidence was ever offered to support these claims and, as security experts pointed out, any common or garden hacker with access to a server-based botnet would have been able to throw the 75Gbps attacks witnessed against US banks.

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks
Black Hat research says proposed protocol will bork network probes, flummox firewalls
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8
Just slip it in, won't hurt a bit, 1Password makers urge devs
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.