LiveLeak has restored Fitna to its original location (which means my embedded version from last week should be working again).
It’s also the original version of the movie (with Turban Bomb), so the copyright question is still an issue.
LiveLeak includes this announcement:
On the 28th of March LiveLeak.com 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.
Thanks to TB for the tip.
Geert Wilders will be releasing a revised version of Fitna. According to ANSAMed:
Author Cuts Anti-Koran Film to Avoid Legal Actions- - - - - - - - -
Scared by the legal consequences of his anti-Islam film, Dutch extreme-right MP and author of the controversial film ‘Fitna’, Geert Wilders, decided to cut some scenes of his work to defend himself from eventual legal actions already threatened by Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, author of the caricatures of Mohammed which inflamed part of the Islamic world and appear now in the film too.
Wilders cut the scene with the caricature of the Islamic prophet with a bomb hidden under his turban and replaced it with a similar drawing, after Westergaard threatened to take him to court for violation of author’s rights.
Fitna’s director will also replace the photography of Moroccan-Dutch rapper, Salah Edin, with an image of Mahomet Bouyeri, the killer of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, in order to avoid being charged by the singer, who has appeared as associated with the murder of Van Gogh. (ANSAmed).
The big question is: Where will the new version of the movie be released? What venue will accept it?
It seems unlikely that LiveLeak will put itself at risk a second time. So what hosting service will risk a fatwa and take on the dreaded and provocative hate-movie?
I’ll let you know as soon as I find out.
Hat tip: C. Cantoni.