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Pulling a Big Brother

When must a government agency put its foot down--use any power under its command--to stop someone from doing something that is just plain wrong? Should it do so even when the very act of lowering the boom is, in itself, ethically questionable?

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is suing several video sites, including YouTube, for reshowing car crash footage recorded on with the turnpike's cameras, according to a UPI report.

The agency is using copyright laws to make the case. True, the NJTA hardly has the same obligations to nation's (or even the state's) citizenry as a federal agency. But I'm still curious why a government agency is asking a media outlet to remove content.

For taste and common decency, evidently.

"The video serves no worthwhile purpose and shows a tremendous lack of common human decency towards the family of the victim," the complaint read.

So is the NJTA overstepping its bounds? Or is it displaying a moral courage to do something that clearly needs to be done?

--Joab Jackson


Posted by Joab Jackson on May 29, 2007 at 9:39 AM


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