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Editor's note 8-5-08: Today we received the below note from YouTube regarding our video clip covering this event. Please note that Gilded Serpent was invited to this performance, sent a ticket and let in early to the hall for set up and to cover the event for the community. The producer of this event also appeared in an earlier video posted on this site taken with the same camera. GS was never told not to video tape and there were no signs posted nor notices in the program. Vashti and Suhaila are fully aware of the nature of our coverage. They made no complaints about our posting video coverage until after viewing the video. Copyright law protects the press under fair use:

'Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered “fair,” such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.'

This issue will be researched more fully and if Gilded Serpent is not allowed to function freely as is guaranteed by our US Bill of Rights, our ability to serve the community will be severely limited. It is possible that if we are no longer able to serve in this capacity that we will discontinue our service altogether. Thank you!
Please see letter from the editor for more information
(dated 8-11-08)

Gilded Serpent presents...
Suhaila in the Phoenix
June 28, 2008, Brava Theatre in San Francisco, CA
Produced by Vashti and Bellydance Odyssey
photos by Susie Poulelis
video by Lynette

Photos include: Gina, Sabriye, Rashid, Suhaila and Isabella
Band members: Fathi Alijarah on violin, Kheder Kaileh on Keyboard, Elias Khouri on tabla, George Krietem on drums,
Elias Lammam
on accordian, Imad Meziad on duff, Loay on percussion.
Gina and Sabriye are certified in level 3 of Suhaila's format. This performance was their examination for level 4. The test was to show their ability to improvise to a live band.

We recieved this note 8-5-08 and will be following up on this--
Dear Member:
This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party notification claiming that this material is infringing:

Suhaila in the Phoenix report for the Gilded Serpent:

Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others. For more information about YouTube's copyright policy, please read the Copyright Tips guide.

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the instructions.

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.
YouTube, Inc.

letter #2 received 8-11-08:
Dear Lynette,

We received notification from  Suhaila Salimpour. When we're notified
that a particular video uploaded to our site infringes another's copyright, we remove the material as the law requires. If you feel a content owner has misidentified your content as infringing, you may file a counter-notification.

For more information, please visit the Help Center page about counter-notifications,


Poppy Priya
The YouTube Team

9-1-08 Counter-notification has been filed with YouTube

...just a couple more pictures by Lynette...

Isabelle dances to the band

Isabelle tosses hair back just like mom

Watching Isabelle perform just off stage


Isabelle throws flowers to the audience of supporters, Rashid and Vashti stand in back.

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