Google filed an emergency motion on Friday asking a California appeals court to stay a decision this week that forced it to purge all copies of a controversial anti-Islam video from YouTube. The removal order was based on an unusual interpretation of copyright law, and was greeted with alarm by scholars, free speech advocates and the tech and entertainment industry. The order was all the more remarkable since it came with a gag order that forced Google to pull down all the videos before the court ruling was disclosed. In Friday’s motion, Google asked the court to suspend the original order until a full panel of the 9th Circuit Court can hear its appeal.

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