Court Quickly Rejects Contempt Motion Against Google By Innocence Of Muslims' Actress

from the nice-try,-but-no dept

Well, that didn’t take long at all. Following Cindy Lee Garcia’s bizarre motion for contempt last week, claiming that Google was thumbing its nose at the 9th Circuit’s bizarre order to take down all copies of the Innocence of Muslims “trailer” in which she appears for 5-seconds, Google hit back with an exasperated explanation for why nearly everything written in her motion for contempt was simply false. Apparently it was fairly convincing, because the court has wasted little time in denying the motion for contempt, providing no explanation whatsoever. The entire order reads:

Appellant’s emergency contempt motion… is denied.

So much for that little wasteful diversion. Now we wait to see if the en banc 9th Circuit will revisit whether or not it’s appropriate to issue a stay on the injunction against Google.

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Anon E. Mous (profile) says:

I don;t think this is really a surprise considering the basis for her contempt motion and what was described in it as a violation to put Google in contempt according to her and her counsel.

With that being said I see Google taking this as far they need to to get this ruling reversed. The ruling in itself had seem to go beyond the realm of what one would term as justified.

I see this being struck down due to the Judge’s over reach in deciding her case in the first place with so many fundamental errors in law and how it was achieved

Anonymous Coward says:

Rights to legitimate "new versions" in ANY media

The Library of Congress >> Researchers

Prints and Photographs Reading Room

Copyright and Other Restrictions That Apply to Publication/Distribution of Images:
Assessing the Risk of Using a P&P Image

What About Copying One of P&P’s Images from a Book or Other Published Source?

If you are planning to copy and publish an image from a copyrighted, published source (e.g., a book), you should check with the publisher, since technically it owns the rights to the version appearing in the book–though few publishers realize that or seem to wish to control such copying.

– – – – – – – – –

Now search — library permission “print run” —

The whole concept of limiting legitimate copyright permissions based on number of print runs is problematic, because if you “own” the copyright on “one” published version, why do you need to keep on asking permission for reprints of your own work? The authorization right shifts to you now. This would make the concept of royalties obsolete. Royalty contracts written under state laws are preempted by federal copyright laws with regard to equivalent rights. The right of a copyright holder to reproduce, distribute, and authorize, are rights equivalent to rights under copyright law, and any publishing agreement is a “restrictive covenant” which is preempted by copyright law, and the agreement is unenforceable, illegal, censorship, and against public policy under common law. See New York v. NETWORK ASSOCIATES, INC. and Microstrategy v. Netsolve.

So how can the Library of Congress say what they said? On the other hand, why would a third party have to seek permissions to use each and every image from the original source in a published art book, for example.

Now search — “print run” copyright court opinion —
or use the term “lawsuit.”

Courts have upheld the ‘print run’ limits.

But things get sticky on the internet, print-on-demand, music, etc. These issues deserve their own research and articles – too much to filter through in a few minutes.

For example, can someone get a legitimate license to ‘compile’ and copyright ‘one’ works in ANY media, and then challenge limitations on “authorizing” third-party use under the Preemption Clause, since the “Right to Authorize” is one of the exclusive rights of a copyright holder of a compiled work, and can’t be contracted away under state law, since it is equivalent to a Copy-RIGHT?

Pragmatic says:

Re: Re:

Did you know that Harrison Ford had a scene in ET? We never got to see it because it ended up on the cutting room floor. He met his second wife, Melissa Mathesson [sp?], on the set, if memory serves.

The point is, the actual work you put in is counted as work, not the scene that appears in the movie. If you were right, actors would be paid less because much of what gets filmed ends up being cut for editing purposes – the movie would be many hours longer if scenes didn’t get cut.

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