Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dutch MP Agrees To Edit Out Cartoon

Geert Wilders, a Dutch Member of Parliament whose movie "Fitna" criticizes the Koran, has agreed to remove the cartoon created by Danish artist Kurt Westergaard which sparked protests and violence when it first appeared in newspapers several years ago. Mr. Westergaard said he believed a copyright infringement lawsuit would be abandoned. The film, however, has already been distributed and seen, and has caused great comment. Boycotts of Dutch products are being urged in several countries. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilders still faces a lawsuit from the Dutch Islamic Federation over the film, and Pakistan blocked access to the trailer for the film via YouTube temporarily earlier this year.

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