My Story At The Verge: Google Battles Over Copyright and Free Speech

At the Verge I wrote about Google’s battle in a federal appeals court over a controversial YouTube video called “Innocence of Muslims.”

Last week, inside a federal courthouse in Pasadena, California, Google tried to stop a ruling that could upend the entertainment industry. The case of Garcia v. Google Inc. was considered in an appeals court, in front of a panel of 11 judges. At issue: Innocence of Muslimsthe controversial video uploaded to YouTube in 2012. The plaintiff, an actress in the film, argues that she holds a copyright to her performance, and has demanded that Google take the movie down. But Google says that if her lawsuit is taken seriously, then frivolous copyright claims will be used to constrain free speech and debilitate the internet companies that host it. With the court’s decision expected some time next year, both sides are girding for a ruling that could have significant consequences.

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