Google asks court to put anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims back on YouTube

Appeals court is reconsidering a decision which ordered YouTube to take down an anti-Islam film clip that sparked violence in the Middle East and led to death threats. The case sparked debates about freedom of speech and censorship.

A lawyer for Google told an 11-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in California on Monday that free speech is in jeopardy if the ruling stands to keep an anti-Islamic film off its YouTube service. A divided three-judge panel ordered YouTube to pull the video in February, after deciding that actress Cindy Lee Garcia had a copyright claim to the low-budget video, titled ‘Innocence of Muslims.’