The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered Google to remove an anti-Muslim video from YouTube, according to Reuters.
In a 2-1 decision the panel of judges rejected Google’s claim that forced-removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims” amounted to prior restraint of speech and violated the company’s constitutional rights.
The plaintiff in the case, Cindy Lee Garcia, filed the lawsuit after learning that the creators of the video used a clip she had been told was being used for a different movie. The clip was dubbed over and Garcia appeared to be asking in it, “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”
The actress said she had received death threats since the video first aired on Egyptian television. The film sparked protests across the Muslim world in 2012 and, for a time, was thought to be the impetus of the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Garcia claimed she had repeatedly asked Google to take the video down but was denied. In her lawsuit Garcia argued that YouTube’s popularity gave the film a broad audience and she had a right to have it removed because she was misled by the director and retained copyrights to her work.
Google responded that taking the film down now would serve no purpose as it had already been circulated around the Internet. Furthermore, they argued, Garcia added to her own notoriety by filing the lawsuit. One judge dismissed that claim as “preposterous” according to a San Jose Mercury News story.
Google “strongly disagrees with this decision and will fight it,” said a company spokesman. Google can ask the 9th Circuit to rehear the case with the full 11-judge panel.
The ruling has sparked legal debate among experts. Julie Ahrens, director of copyright and fair use at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society, called the decision stunning.
"The idea that copyright is a tool that's going to be used to censor speech we don't like ... that's very dangerous,” she said.
Garcia said, in a statement, that she considers herself a strong supporter of the First Amendment but that she does “have the right not to be associated with this hateful speech against [her] will.”
Garcia’s lawyer, M. Cris Armenta, called the decision a “David versus Goliath victory.”
Whether through the trash section of our email inboxes or the comment sections of websites, we’re constantly being told by shady strangers how easy it is to start making thousands of dollars.
But what if I told you that all you need is a camera, an Internet connection, and maybe a sense of humor for you to be a millionaire? You don’t have to buy or sell anything. Just record yourself saying a few insightful or interesting things and voilà – you could make up to $6.7 million a year.
You’re probably rolling your eyes just as you did at that woman who assures you she made $7,000 a month sitting at home. Don’t throw me in your spam box just yet.
What is this mystery money maker I’m referring to? YouTube.
People with lots of followers and channel views on YouTube make money. Lots of money.
According to YouTube analytics site Social Blade, the highest-earning YouTube user, BlueXephos, made $6.7 million dollars on the site in 2012. Two more users made over $5 million. 13 users made over $2 million. The top 25 highest earning YouTube users all made over $1 million in 2012. Who knew prank jokes and makeup advice were such lucrative callings?
Users make money by becoming YouTube partners. Becoming a YouTube partner isn’t easy – you’ve got to have a loyal following of subscribers before applying to become one. But if YouTube’s team thinks you have what it takes to bring traffic to the site, you can make some serious money. YouTube partners share revenue generated from in-video advertisements. In 2012, YouTube generated over $3.4 billion in ad revenue.
This top 25 list is just people whose earnings top the million-dollar mark. If you’re content making, say, a lowly $90,000 a year, you’ll find a good crowd of people who’ve done so.
So, what are you waiting for?
(You’re welcome, YouTube)
A Youtube prankster learned a painful lesson after trying to kiss a club bouncer in a Valentine’s Day-themed “First Kiss” prank.
After filming a video with women’s reactions, the Youtube user “AverageBroTV” decided to film how men reacted.
“This is when I approach 2 bouncers at the wrong time,” the description of the video reads.
When the Youtuber leaned in for the “first kiss” with the bouncer, the bouncer responded by throwing a punch, which knocked the Youtuber off screen.
The now-viral video was uploaded on Tuesday and has since accumulated over 250,000 views.
Imagine living almost 30 years as a lone sibling only to find that not only do you have a long lost sibling, but you have a twin.
This stunning realization is precisely what happened to Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman last year.
Futerman and Bordier were separated at birth and adopted by different families. They lived their whole lives without a clue of the other’s existence.
In February 2013, Futerman received message on Facebook from someone named Anais Bordier. Bordier had seen one of Futerman’s YouTube videos and couldn’t help but reach out to her.
“[The message] said she had seen me in a YouTube video, then after looking my name up online, saw that we were both adopted, and born on the same day, in the same city,” Futerman said. “When I saw her profile, it was crazy. She looked just like me.”
Here’s the full message Bordier sent to Futerman after seeing her:
The women both agreed they looked uncannily like one another. They decided to dig up some information about their pasts and, sure enough, they were born on the same day in the same hospital.
To prove concretely what they more or less already knew, Futerman and Bordier took DNA tests. When the results came back, it was official: they were twins. Just like that, the self-proclaimed “twinsters” started their new lives together.
The women have captured over 42,000 moments on film together in the year following their discovery. They launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to make a documentary about their experience. So far, the campaign has raised almost $80,000.
One year later, the joy of finding a long-lost twin is just as strong as the day they met.
Futerman said the feeling of knowing her sister is like “…that feeling on Christmas when you open up the presents, the one you were asking for, it's that - that pure feeling of joy - that's how I always feel.”
Mulholland Drive has long been known as one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the Los Angeles area. The street, made infamous by David Lynch’s 2001 film of the same name, weaves its way around the Santa Monica mountains. The road offers amazing views of Southern California, but also terrifying twists and turns that can be harmful to unsuspecting drivers and motorcyclists alike.
A new Wired article profiles The Snake, a section of Mulholland Drive that has proved particularly difficult for people on motorcycles. Towards the end of The Snake is a section of the road referred to as Edwards Corner, where the street makes a 180-degree turn that many motorcyclists cannot handle.
The area has quickly turned into a YouTube phenomenon due to the frequent crashes that happen there. A search on the video website for “Mulholland Drive” returns tons of clips with titles like “scooter crashes into guardrail” and “Ducati Crash in Front of Cop.” According to Wired, these videos are typically captured by a group of bystanders that bring cameras to The Snake, waiting for the inevitable to occur.
One such videographer, Ken Snyder, says many motorcycle riders are aware of their actions when they lose control around Edwards Corner.
“Riders treat the Snake like a skate park for motorcycles. Most who crash are inexperienced and pushing themselves. Even though they have seen countless crashes, it seems everyone learns the hard way,” Snyder said.
A rider named Adey Bennett agreed with Snyder’s sentiments, claiming that Edwards Corner isn’t actually that difficult to maneuver.
“The reason why most people crash on this turn is because they don’t know how to assess the type of corner they’re riding on. It’s such a simple turn when you see it done well, but people make it so complicated,” Bennett said.
Although the road was designed in a manner that makes it difficult for many riders, there are no city or state plans to renovate the highway. According to LA Mountains, the highway was constructed in 1924. Law enforcement officials these days, however, are watching more and more YouTube videos involving crashes on the street. This has caused them to increase the amount they patrol the area.
“We estimate that at least 60 to 70 percent of [motorcycle crashes] are unreported. We look at the videos ourselves, and there were two months where I saw a bunch of crashes on YouTube and looked at our collision states and didn’t see any reported,” said local Officer Leland Tang.
Imagine coming home one day to a Facebook message from a stranger telling you they might be your long lost twin sister. Well, that actually happened to 26-year-old actress Samantha Futerman, and now, the two are turning their story into a documentary.
Futerman says that on February 21, 2013, she received a message on Facebook from a girl named Anais Bordier. In the message, Bordier said she discovered her in a YouTube video and was struck by how similar they looked. Upon further investigation, Bordier says she was shocked to find out that Futerman was adopted like she was and that they had the same birthday, so she wanted to ask one more question to confirm her suspicions.
"So...I don't want to be too Lindsay Lohan, well...but...how to put it... I was wondering where you were born?" asked Bordier, who was adopted as a baby and raised in France.
Well, as it turned out, Futerman was adopted on the exact same day as Bordier and was born in the same town in South Korea.
"We both share a twisted sense of humor, a love of cheese despite any & all lactose intolerance, flatulence as a result of said lactose intolerance, & an apparent napoleon complex to name a few," writes Futerman after determining that the two were long lost twins.
Futerman, who was raised in New Jersey, is known for her roles in Memoirs of a Geisha, The Big C, and Kroll Show. Her twin sister Bordier is a fashion design student living in France. After months of messaging and Skyping, the two were finally able to meet in May of 2013, and now, they are planning the release of both a book and documentary about their unique story.
“Our incredible twist of fate can lift one to rejoice that anything is possible, and the biggest boundaries in life are the ones we set for ourselves," said Futerman. "There are so many possibilities and so many crazy things that happen in a lifetime, and it is a gift to embrace them all. All I know is I have an innate, unconditional love toward this relative stranger."
The twins launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that completely funded their documentary. Check out the trailer below.
Psychologist and author Richard Wiseman has developed a simple test to determine whether people are good or bad liars: a concept called the “Q” test.
The “Q” test is one of many segments in Wiseman’s book “59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute”.
To begin the test, you point the index finger of your dominant hand and draw a capital letter Q on your forehead. Depending on which side of your head you draw the tail on determines whether you’re a good or bad liar.
If you drew the tail on the left side of your forehead so that it would be legible to others, then you’re aware of how others perceive you and are good at lying.
If you drew the tail on the right side of your forehead so that you could read it from your perspective, you are an introvert and a bad liar.
Since publishing his book, Wiseman has made a series of Youtube videos demonstrating the concepts he wrote about, including How to Lose Weight Without Trying and How to Never Lose Your Wallet Again. How to Tell if Someone is a Good Liar is his most recent.
On Thursday, when temperatures dropped to a frigid -40 degrees Celsius, police received several calls about a homeless man, wearing only a t-shirt and shorts, who was aggressively panhandling outside of the Jean-Talon metro station. In response, in an interaction that was caught on video and spread widely across the internet, an unidentified police officer approached the man and threatened him.
“I’ve told you that if I received another 911 call about you, I will tie you to a pole for an hour,” the officer warned.
A contributer named Omar Tunisiano uploaded the video on Youtube. It has been viewed more than 44,000 times, and has led to a stream of ongoing, outraged comments.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has been amongst those to speak out.
“The words of the police officer were unacceptable,” said Coderre, adding that, with the week’s low temperatures, he is “concerned about the current conditions of the homeless.”
Officers have been working to find shelter for the homeless throughout this week’s deep freeze, even having two volunteers
This week’s deep freeze has spurred officers to aid the homeless in finding shelter; two volunteers have gone out per shift to help them.
Before the now infamous encounter between the homeless man and the officer, the officers who had removed the man from the subway station tried convincing him to get into their cruiser so that he could be taken to a shelter. The man refused their offer, although two passerbys were able to later convince him to follow them to a warmer location.
Later that night, tracked down by officers and homeless workers, the man agreed to be taken to a hospital, where, according to Lafrenière’s description, he arrived “safe and sound.”
Disciplinary action is to be taken against the offending officer. In the words of Commander Ian Lafrenière, head of public affairs for the Montreal Police Department, “The commanding officer will be meeting with him, and I can tell you he’s not happy at all.”
“It could be a reprimand, it could by many things,” Lafrenière continued. “What you heard on that video is unacceptable and unexplainable.”
Sources: CTV News, Montreal Gazette
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Dominick’s employee Steve Yamamoto was suspended on the final day of the Chicago store’s operation after he filmed a satirical sci-fi themed video criticizing the company that owns the grocery chain.
"It was all in good fun," Yamamoto said of the video. "I was expecting laughs from the employees, that's it."
The video entitled “Thanks Safeway” was published on Youtube Friday, just one day before Safeway closed 72 stores and left 6,000 employees jobless. It featured dragons starting fires, helicopters crashing into the store and jabs at Miley Cyrus.
By Saturday, media outlets discovered the video and Yamamoto’s store manager called him.
"My store manager got a phone call that she had to suspend me," Yamamoto said. "I was like, 'Are you serious?' It's crazy as it is. I'm just dumbfounded."
He added that his suspension could result in a loss of severance pay for three weeks.
It is unclear if any other Dominick’s employees were suspended, though Yamamoto believes he was the only one. Despite the consequences, Yamamoto said the video was worth it.
Yamamoto added that he will miss his Dominick's friends, who were more like family.
Boyfriend Tries to Prank Girlfriend on Anniversary By Telling Her He Cheated, But His Plan Hilariously Backfires (Video)
What’s the most romantic thing a man can do for his girlfriend on their five-year anniversary? Well, pretending to have cheated on her as a cruel prank is definitely not it. Apparently, YouTube prankster Roman Atwood didn’t get that memo because he did just that while on vacation with his girlfriend in Aruba. Needless to say, it didn’t quite go the way he planned.
In the video, Atwood is shown sitting his girlfriend down and admitting infidelity. Initially, Atwood’s girlfriend Brittney breaks down crying after being shocked by the news, but then, she throws him a curveball. She admits to him that she, too, cheated on him. Atwood definitely didn’t see that one coming.
He doesn’t admit right then that he was just joking around, but he begins to get angry and asks her if she’s telling the truth. She continues to cry and tell him yes as he gets even more upset.
Right when we think it’s about to get really intense, Brittney surprises everyone and tells Atwood she turned the prank around on him.
"I saw you set up your camera, you idiot!" laughs Brittney. Atwood is visibly stunned, and now, the entire hilarious incident has gone viral.
To top it all off, Brittney says she thought that he set up the camera because he was going to propose to her. It’s safe to say that Atwood is probably out shopping for engagement rings and hopefully not planning his next prank.
Watch the hilarious prank unfold below.