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U.S. Judge Rejects Call to Ban Film on Net

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A US judge rejected Thursday a request by an actress in the anti-Islamic video that set off violent Muslim protests to ban YouTube from showing the trailer in the United States.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Louis Lavin refused the request by lawyers for actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a restraining order to prevent the online video-sharing service from continuing to show the trailer.

Garcia is one of three actresses in the film to have come forward with similar accusations since the explosion of violence that ripped through Muslim countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia last


She sued YouTube and its owner Google for releasing excerpts of the very amateurish film, which was later dubbed into Arabic.

YouTube said Wednesday it extended its restrictions on the video to "countries where it is considered illegal by local authorities; that is, to date, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia."

YouTube last week restricted access to the film in Egypt and Libya after unrest in those countries, and has been adding countries to the list.

The U.S. actress also filed a lawsuit against the reported producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, on grounds of invasion of privacy, fraud, slander, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and convicted fraudster -- out on parole -- lives in Los Angeles and has admitted to working on the film, "Innocence of Muslims."

U.S. media says Nakoula wrote and produced the film, using the pseudonym Sam Bacile before being identified. He was questioned by police before going into hiding with his family.

By Sadroddin Musawi

Other links:  

Afghans Stage Fresh Protests against Anti-Islam Film, Cartoons

Lebanon Muslims Protest insulting Film, Cartoons

Egyptians Protest French Cartoons Insulting Prophet

Diplomatic Missions Close amid Fear of More Protests

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