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article imageNew Jersey Sues YouTube over Deadly Crash Footage

By Steve in the UK     May 25, 2007 in Internet
On May 10 a southbound car traveling along the New Jersey Turnpike crashed into the Great Egg Harbor toll plaza, killing the 52 year old driver. Authorities are now suing to have the video taken offline.
This marks a turning point for video hosting sites such as YouTube, Break.Com and the UK based LiveLeak.Com, as up to now when it came to copyright infringements all they usually had to worry about was Hollywood and the TV stations.
Now the owners of surveillance cameras are now starting to sue and ask for there footage to be taken down. With the amount of clips from surveillance cameras on YouTube alone this is going to greatly increase the number of potently lawsuit, just due to the millions of surveillance cameras that are in use around the world.
It's not just car crashes, it's all the bar fights, drunks falling over outside bars, people court stealing from stores, planes landing at airports, ferry ports plus hundreds of other places that film people daily which end up somewhere online. If all the owners of these video clips started going to court to have there footage taken down then not only would the video hosting sites need bigger offices to keep all that paper work, but the courts are going to be snowed under with all these cases.
YouTube have stated before that to getting footage that belongs to you but uploaded by someone else removed from they site all you have to do is report the footage to them explaining why it should be taken down, if you provide evidence that the footage belongs to you then they will pull it from they site. The number of companies, organizations and individuals that are now suing YouTube for breach of copyright has got to be down solely to money and the fact that “everyone is suing YouTube, so why can’t we?”
When the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) asked YouTube to take down the footage they complied but it had already been copied by a number of users and uploaded again, not only to YouTube but Break.Com, LiveLeak.Com and a number of others sites. All of whom are also being sued by YouTube, although LiveLeak.Com has been dropped by the NJTA from their lawsuit after LiveLeak pulled all copies of the video from their site.
Google, the owners of YouTube announced last month that they would soon be launching a automated system to help detect copyrighted footage, This system will still need the original owners of the footage to report infringement to YouTube who will then be able to use the new system to look for other videos with the same digital signature.
The NJTA footage had over 250,000 views across the three sites, with nearly 40,000 views in the 24 hours from May 21 to May 22, the time frame the the complaint from NJTA covers.
If you are wondering how the footage from surveillance cameras gets online in the first place then still quote may be of interest
The NJTA is also suing unnamed corporations and individuals who may have helped distribute the stolen video.
So that would be the company and some of its employees who manage the NJTA surveillance camera system then, because unless someone hacked into there system, they are the only people who could have copied and uploaded the footage in the first place.
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