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Caner Deception of US Marines Video Footage to Return

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by Jason Smathers on April 17, 2014

caner11US Federal Court says posting Caner video is fair use, not copyright infringement. Footage will be online again in short order.

[Update: you can now view the videos Ergun Caner sued to suppress here.]

In 2010 videos showing Ergun Caner deceiving the US Marines was posted on Witnesses Unto Me. At that time Ergun Caner was still preaching behind Christian pulpits, telling a web of lies. His story was about a young man who grew up trained to do “that which was done on 9/11,” growing up in Turkey in the house of a polygamist Muslim before moving to America as a teenager and eventually becoming a Christian. In truth, Caner was born in Sweden and moved to Ohio while he was two years old.

Nearly three years later, Ergun Caner began sending copyright complaints concerning many videos online that contained proof that he invented a fake life story. When submitting such a notice concerning the Marines videos, this author responded by stating the video is public record, created by the US Government, and not subject to copyright. Caner responded with a lawsuit. Today, the court has ruled on a motion to dismiss by stating the use of the video was fair use and not a violation of copyright. The case is dismissed, YouTube and Viddler will soon be informed so the videos will return, and the court will entertain a future motion for legal fees to be recouped by charging them to Caner.

Read the complete ruling here.
Final Judgement:

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Order Granting Motion to Dismiss:

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Protecting The Turtle April 17, 2014 at 2:37 pm

One small step for Calvinists, one giant leap for all Christiandom.

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Carla Rolfe April 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Praise God that truth prevailed in this case. I couldn’t be more delighted.

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Katie April 18, 2014 at 2:06 am

Congratulations! It’s nice to see that our courts can get some things right. It’s also a win against the bullying tactics of Caner.

Let’s review:

1. Caner repeatedly lied. Violates the scriptures.

2, Caner has failed to repent. Violates the scriptures.

3. Caner has sued a fellow Christian. Violates the scriptures.

I could go on and on, but suffice to say, Caner’s conduct violates the standards of appropriate Christian conduct.

God Bless you Jason.

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Gary April 20, 2014 at 7:12 am

Jesus said we will know them by their fruits.

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Derick Dickens April 18, 2014 at 3:16 am

This is fascinating, but probably is not monumental. While his position at Liberty was jeopardized, his current position was secured despite these allegations and stories.

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Eric P April 18, 2014 at 4:53 am

To Jason,
Just wanted to stop by and give you a congratulations brother. I’ve kept up through James Whites work, and he’s made a mention of you and the decision today.

This should of never ever happened, but I’m glad you stuck to your convictions and prevailed. This “fair use” decision has helped all of us in Christendom who believe our elders have to be held to a higher standard. Congratulations sir.

To Mr Caner,
I know your representatives, or maybe even yourself, will be keeping track of Jason’s comments. You’ve shamed Christ, and your attempt to hold on to a position even in all of your lies is shameful. This isn’t to say you should stop being in a congregation, because you need God just like we all do, but you need to step down from “any” position of authority and quit shaming Christ with your horrible, lying, deceptive behavior. We have a hard enough time with the ministry to Muslims without you’re giving them, and the atheistic community ammunition.

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Debbie Kaufman April 18, 2014 at 8:48 am

A huge heartfelt congratulations that this nightmare is over for you Jason and justice prevailed. I hope now that Ergun will drop the lawsuit against Jonathan.

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Bennett Willis April 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

Surely EC will drop the second lawsuit–but you never know. They were so obviously a bad idea from the start that he may feel it proper to continue until he gets an unfavorable ruling on that one also.

The discussion between EC and his lawyer now becomes a conversation that I would like to hear–one of about 5 or 6 regarding this story.

Now for the ruling on who pays the bills. :)

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Bennett Willis April 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

Be sure to visit J. D. Hall’s posting (link below on “trackbacks”). Sometimes J.D. has way too much fun and this may be one of those times.

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Steve Wilkinson April 21, 2014 at 2:28 am

Great news Jason! And shame on the greater US Evangelical community for failing to do the right thing in helping to hold Ergun accountable. This all should have been over long ago if it weren’t for the good-ol-boy’s network protecting him.

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Jim Lee April 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Praise God for this outcome!

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