If we're at the point where we seriously think that can happen in an American courtroom, we're fucked. (Tort reform: it's not just for evil corporations anymore)
And this has been coming.
This was coming when riots erupted around the world over Danish cartoons, and pitifully few had the guts to show them in the U.S. It was coming when Theo Van Gough was murdered and nobody mentioned it, not out of fear of being next, but fear of being culturally insensitive, which was somehow supposedly worse. It was coming when comedy central refused to let South Park show Muhammad as a character.
Congratulations. We've now proved that pathetic little men with pathetic little lives can make ranting threats half a world away, and American artists will bend the knee.
I'm not even going into what the administration's response may be, because ultimately it doesn't matter. Kings and councils come and go. But when the jester's corpse is cooling on the floor of the hall when nobody dared raise a hand to help, the realm is fucked.