Monday, March 31, 2008

New Version of “Fitna” to be Released

Update:

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

FitnaScared 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.
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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.

7 comments:

TB said...

Baron
Fitna restored on Liveleak:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7d9_1206624103

heroyalwhyness said...

It astounding that Westergaard has any leg to stand on with a lawsuit against Wilders. Westergaard's lack of litigation against any bloggers, msm or other free use of his turbanned muhammed image has established a precedent of open license.

What are the damages Westergaard seeks? Westergaard cannot tie Wilders with any death threat fatwa because those fatwahs existed since the original cartoons printing.

Wilders is not profiting from the use of the cartoon, so it cannot be a monetary issue. In fact, Wilders has placed a request for financial assistance to cover the costs to distribute FITNA.

I can totally understand Wilders correcting the film to replace the rappers photo with an accurate one.

Westergaard's threat to sue is puzzling and incredible.

heroyalwhyness said...

OT - Pat Condell, Post Fitna - The Religion of Fear

kepiblanc said...

Kurt Westergaard is an old man fearing for his life. But that doesn't save him from ridicule for this litigation about some copyright. Maybe he thinks - falsely - that it will somehow appease the barbarians. It thusly reminds me of the executionee paying the swordsman to direct the blow precisely.

Zonka said...

@kepiblanc,
I think it is more likely from the pieces I've read about this that KW is being more afraid of the ultra-right-wing bogeyman label that the left have successfully affixed on Geert Wilders, SIAD/SIOE, DPP, etc. And has been receiving bad information and advice from those around him. So in effect he has put himself in an impossible position, where he wants to fight islamic terrorism and extremism from a political correct platform. And with the encouragement of the elites are estranging his natural allies in the fight, so that they can backstab him the moment that everybody else is turning the backs on him.

Michael said...

What the HELL is WRONG with all those people??????? This is ONCE AGAIN something akin to Charles Johnson blasting Sverigedemokraterna and the Vlaams Belang. Can't we just FOR ONCE stand all together??????

Zonka said...

@Michael,
What is wrong with these people, is that they for 60+ years have been fed the lies of the left, that everything to the right of the Social Democrats are Nazis in sheep's clothing, big bad capitalists that wants to introduce everything from slave labor, to police state or military dictatorships, remove all personal liberties, etc. etc. ad nauseam!

The readers here know better, but the average Joe, doesn't and that is what is wrong and what we have to work together to counter. We need to remove all those years of propaganda and show that the way of the left leads directly to the ruin of our societies and Islam can scrap the remains when the left have successfully destroyed our culture and societies.

So as long as the left and their mental straigh-jacket (political correctness) continue to cloud the vision of the general population, they will have a hard time to see through the lies and will automatically distance themselves from “the right” and even more when prefixed with “extreme-”, “radical-”, or “ultra-”, not seeing that by doing so they distance themselves from freedom and liberty - the very thing that most of them seek and hope, in vain, that the left will provide for them.