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YouTube's Blocked Testimony

Update (July 7): Ergun Caner has been ordered to pay more than $34,000 in attorney's fees in a copyright infringement lawsuit concerning YouTube videos used to explain his Muslim past. A federal judge on July 1 dismissed the lawsuit, declaring that, of two videos in question, one was protected under the U.S. Copyright Office's fair use doctrine and Caner did not adequately prepare for a copyright lawsuit over the other.

In his opinion, Virginia district court judge Norman Moon further noted that Caner used "frivolous arguments" and was "objectively unreasonable" during the case:

[Caner]'s conduct in this court leads me to conclude that he acted with improper motive in bringing this suit, that he took multiple, objectively unreasonable legal and factual positions, and that a fee award is needed to encourage defendants like Autry to protect their rights against those who, like Caner, seek to suppress criticism. Equally, those like Caner should be deterred from exploiting the court system for their own purposes.

The Associated Baptist Press reports more details.

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Critics of ex-Muslim academic Ergun Caner say his attempt to remove online videos of his talks is designed to quell criticism. Caner's attorney says it's a case of simply defending copyright.

The case is slowly working its way through federal court, and has implications for how churches communicate.

Now a vice president at Arlington Baptist Theological Seminary near Dallas, Caner sued two men last June for posting the videos on YouTube.

The videos show Caner in 2005 warning U.S. Marines that Muslims are a danger. They were first posted by Jason Smathers, an Arizona Baptist pastor, who got them from the ...

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