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Apology Arrives on Eve of Radio Talk Show Host Michael Savage Getting Dropped from his Flagship Station KNEW-910 AM
On September 29, 2008, Michael Savage's national radio network sent YouTube a takedown notice demanding the removal of the Brave New Films (BNF) video "Michael Savage Hates Muslims." As a result, YouTube took down all of BNF's online content. BNF sued Michael Savage and his radio company, The Original Talk Radio Network, Inc. (OTRN), for damages caused by the removal of BNF's content and to vindicate BNF's free speech rights. BNF was represented pro bono by Bingham McCutchen LLP and Stanford Center for Internet and Society's "Fair Use Project," which was founded in 2006 to provide legal support to a range of projects designed to clarify, and extend, the boundaries of "fair use" in order to enhance creative freedom.
"We were not going to allow extreme members of the right to intimidate progressive organizations into inaction. Mr. Savage systematically targeted the Council on American Islamic Relations for simply printing his hateful words onto one of their fundraising materials. These despicable acts, as well as Mr. Savage's hateful rants against Muslims on his radio show, spurred us into action."
Robert Greenwald, Producer, Brave New Films
Leading up to the 2008 elections, Michael Savage spent much of his time spewing hatred towards Muslims on his radio show. That same year, Michael Savage decided to target the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). It was at that point that Brave New Films released the video, "Michael Savage Hates Muslims".
His radio commentary, as well as the "Michael Savage Hates Muslims" video, can be viewed at: http://nosavage.org/
On August 21, 2009, OTRN and Michael Savage reached a settlement with Brave New Films that included a written apology. The apology reads as follows:
"OTRN acknowledges that it made a mistake by asking YouTube to remove Brave New Films' video "Michael Savage Hates Muslims" from the YouTube site. Upon further examination, it is clear that video should not have been included in OTRN's September 29, 2009 takedown notice. OTRN apologizes for this error." Settlement Agreement Written Apology, August 21, 2009