YouTube rubbernecking has NJ officials seeing red

YouTube rubbernecking has NJ officials seeing red

Summary: You can see just about any type of video on YouTube—even highway surveillance videos, if that's your thing. Apparently, there are enough armchair rubber-neckers out there in Internet-land to generate a sizable audience - and that has some New Jersey authorities concerned.

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You can see just about any type of video on YouTube—even highway surveillance videos, if that's your thing. Apparently, there are enough armchair rubber-neckers out there in Internet-land to generate a sizable audience - and that has some New Jersey authorities concerned. The Star-Ledger reportsthat after an employee of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) uploaded a video of a horrific fiery crash at the Great Egg Harbor Toll Plaza on the Garden State Parkway, the NJTA adopted a new policy limiting the number of employees allowed to make copies of videos captured by highway surveillance cameras.

The posting, which quickly spread to other sites, angered investigators who have been trying determine who was responsible.

"These kinds of tapes are for operational and law enforcement purposes, not for entertainment purposes," said state Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri, who also heads the Turnpike Authority Board. "I'm not happy with the fact that these were released. We're going to take every action we can to figure out who is responsible and make sure it doesn't happen again."

The new policy states that copies of surveillance videos must be approved by the executive director, the internal audit director or the electronic toll collection director. Soon after the accident occurred, workers were speculating when it would be posted on the Net.

"The first thing we thought was, 'How long before this gets out on the Internet?'" said Turnpike Authority spokesman Joe Orlando. "Just because of the state of the world, there was concern from the first minute we saw it."

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  • Wait a sec...

    Who actually owns the copyright in that video? Don't the people of New Jersey own that copyright, not some self-officious public official? Who paid for the toll road/toll booths/surveillance systems? The people, that's who. WE own the copyright, and should assert our rights to claim a copy of any and all surveillance videos made by publicly owned cameras when- and wherever they exist.
    Technogeez
  • What happend to Journalism

    Hey, you psuedo-journalist how about rather the parroting what the government press-release states you actually do some research and discover that government employees and companies contracted to work for the government cannot copyright the fruits of that labor. Besides, it border line common sense, public tax dollars = Public property.
    nullynull
  • Road cameras

    In Ontario the road cameras are on the web at:

    www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/compass/camera/camhome.htm

    It is very handy for checking your route in advance.

    In Toronto you can access the city cameras at:

    www.toronto.ca/rescu/

    I guess the concept is that people will worry less about being "spied on" if the images are available to all.
    Tom in Toronto