Ergun Caner, a fake “ex-terrorist” who was fired from Liberty University when his harrowing tale of his evil past was thoroughly debunked, has lost a copyright lawsuit he filed against another Christian who used video of him speaking in a Youtube clip criticizing him. Fair use FTW.
A federal judge has dismissed a Georgia Baptist college president’s lawsuit against a blogger who posted video to support allegations that a famous “Jihad to Jesus” testimony is bogus.
A U.S. district judge in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled April 17 that Jason Smathers, a Southern Baptist pastor in Arizona who blogs at Witnesses Unto Me, was entitled to post government videos he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law…U.S. District Judge Terry Means, however, said Caner failed to make a case and that Smathers used the material fairly, as copyright law permits, for “purposes such as criticism, comment, [or] news reporting.”
“His sole purpose was to expose the inconsistencies in Dr. Caner’s biography and criticize a public figure,” the judge determined. If the unauthorized reproduction of his lectures caused Caner any financial loss, he continued, it was the result of “legitimate criticism” of his words.
This is actually important for free speech. The Fair Use Doctrine is extremely important in allowing for informed criticism, especially of public figures.