Nov 092010
 November 9, 2010  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Online

Japanese prosecutors seized on Tuesday records from the operator of the YouTube video-sharing website that may help identify who made public on the site videos of the September collisions between two Japanese patrol boats and a Chinese fishing boat in disputed waters, investigative sources said.

Investigators from the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office seized the records from YouTube LLC, a unit of Internet search engine giant Google  Inc. of the United States, based on a search warrant, the sources said. Google had reportedly indicated it would be difficult to voluntarily release such records, citing privacy protection rules.

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