Monday, March 31, 2008

LiveLeak Restores Fitna

Good for them. LiveLeak had to take down the video after threats were made against the company and its employees. They've put in additional security measures and have reposted the video. At least some companies believe in free speech and the rights and responsibilities therein.
On the 28th of March was left with no other choice but to remove the film "fitna" from our servers following serious threats to our staff and their families. Since that time we have worked constantly on upgrading all security measures thus offering better protection for our staff and families. With these measures in place we have decided to once more make this video live on our site. We will not be pressured into censoring material which is legal and within our rules. We apologise for the removal and the delay in getting it back, but when you run a website you don't consider that some people would be insecure enough to threaten our lives simply because they do not like the content of a video we neither produced nor endorsed but merely hosted.

Via Hot Air, I note that Wilders may be releasing a slightly modified version of Fitna that doesn't include Kurt Westergaard's cartoon and makes other minor edits. The inclusion of the cartoon violates Westergaard's copyright, and Wilders will make other minor edits. Westergaard notes that had Wilders asked him to use the cartoon, he might have given his permission. It was sloppy work on Wilders' part not to ask permission.

However, one has to wonder what kind of effect it will have on the debate over the film given that millions of people have already seen it, downloaded it via BitTorrent and other outlets. Still, I'd be interested to see what edits are made and how it affects the overall film's presentation of a difficult subject.

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