New Technologies, Court Decisions Muddying Copyright, E-Commerce Landscape

"In Garcia v. Google Inc., a 2-1 Ninth Circuit panel granted actress Cindy Garcia's request for a preliminary injunction requiring Google to take down from YouTube an amateur anti-Islamic film in which she appeared for seven seconds. Garcia v. Google, Inc., 2014 BL 51739, 109 U.S.P.Q.2d 1799 (9th Cir., 2/26/14).

Tom Rubin of Microsoft Corp. called it “one of the most surprising, shocking, interesting cases that I've seen in my career studying copyright law.”

“Bad facts do make bad law, and that's where we are at right now,” said Rubin."