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`Innocence of Muslims` actress sues Google for contempt of court

Last Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 22:15

Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, featured in the anti-Islamic movie trailer `Innocence of Muslims` has reportedly filed a motion against Google for contempt of court.

The movie caught headlines after being circulated on YouTube in mid-2012 triggering riots in the Middle-East.
Garcia has filed the contempt motion against the Internet search giant for its alleged `near-total disregard` of an appeals court`s order asking it to take down copies of the video from YouTube.

According to PC World, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit had earlier ruled in a split decision that Google should take down and prevent new uploads of the trailer.

However, it did not preclude the posting or display of any version that does not include Garcia`s performance.

Garcia has claimed she holds the copyright for her performance in the trailer of the movie.

In her latest filing, Garcia`s lawyer stated that a version of the trailer that includes her performance was still available on Google`s worldwide platform and also viewable in Egypt by tweaking the settings of the global platform to settings for a country.
The filing states that Google has violated the court`s order and continued to profit illegally from traffic to the infringing material on YouTube on several different channels.

The filing requests Google post a bond of up to $150,000 for each of the 852 links identified in Garcia’s initial takedown notice, about $128 million.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 22:10
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