The lawsuit has an interesting angle to it. The footage appeared on YouTube; the New Jersey Turnpike Authority requested YouTube to remove it, and YouTube complied. However, what little time the video was online on YouTube was enough for users to copy the footage and upload it to other video sharing services, like Break.com. Now, the NJTA is suing YouTube for not stopping other users from re-uploading the same video.
From a technical standpoint, this request seems quite unreasonable. YouTube would have a very hard time trying to prevent users from re-uploading a certain video, especially if it’s renamed and re-encoded (although Audible Magic’s technology is supposedly able to do this). The fact that the lawsuit doesn’t come from a media powerhouse, and isn’t revolving around entertainment, is also new. It seems that the recent avalanche of lawsuits has started a trend which can be summed up as “everyone is suing YouTube, so why can’t we?”
The uncensored video site LiveLeak was also sued, as well as NextPoint LLC, the owner of Break.com, however LiveLeak was dropped from the lawsuit after they removed the controversial video.