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Law and order in online video

This week, online video has won attention from the Canadian police, the Swedish government, and a Texas judge. Only thing more legit than that is if we get a soundbite from George W. about watching clips on “the YouTube.” Or not…

The Hamilton, Ontario police who posted security camera footage on YouTube have apprehended a suspect in the murder they are investigating, though it’s not clear whether the posting on YouTube directly aided the investigation. In YouTube terms, 34,000 views is not all that much. Perhaps it’s the hype around the posting at YouTube that did the trick:

“(There is) little doubt that the extra media generated by the use of YouTube contributed to the fact that this man turned himself in,” [Hamilton, Ontario Staff Sgt. Jorge Lasso] Lasso said.

Next up, the Swedish Pirate Party has enrolled enough youth members to qualify its youth group for a grant from the Swedish government. TorrentFreak interviews the chairman of the “Young Pirates,” Hugi Ásgeirsson.

Lastly, a judge in Texas has declared that deeplinking to copyrighted material is not protected under fair use provisions in granting an injunction prohibiting from linking to audio streams from SFX Motor Sports.