- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Inglewood must pay the legal fees of a resident unsuccessfully sued by the city for using snippets of City Council meetings in YouTube videos that were critical of elected officials.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1VJ51Hp ) a judge Thursday awarded $117,000 to lawyers who represented Joseph Teixeira.

The judge rejected Inglewood’s argument that Teixeira’s legal team was not entitled to recover costs because the lawyers took on the case pro bono and charged exorbitant fees.

Teixeira created short videos that blasted Inglewood and its mayor, James T. Butts Jr.

In March, the city of Inglewood filed a lawsuit against Teixeira, saying six of his online videos had caused the city “irreparable harm and damages.”

A judge disagreed, finding that Teixeira did not violate the copyright of the council meeting.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/


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