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XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 03:35 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3095385.stm


BBC News UK Edition:
Star Wars video prompts lawsuit


"Mr Raza was emulating the skills of Darth Maul
A Canadian teenager has launched legal action against classmates who put a video of him online, saying that the publicity has left him mentally scarred.
Ghyslain Raza became known as the "Star Wars Kid" after a video of him using a golf ball retriever to emulate the light sabre slinging tricks of Darth Maul was posted on the net.

The video was hugely popular and some people even added effects to make the golf ball retriever look and sound like a light sabre.

But the public exposure of the clip proved a burden for Mr Raza, who has been through psychiatric care to cope with his unwanted publicity.

Cash call

The 15-year-old made the two minute video as part of a class project but probably never intended it to be seen by anyone else as it is not a flattering portrayal of his sabre-twirling skills.

The lawsuit filed last week alleges that four classmates of Mr Raza stole the video from the cupboard in which it was being stored, digitized the clip, posted it online and then invited people to view it and make insulting remarks.

Since the original was posted on the Kazaa file-sharing system, it has been downloaded and passed around to millions of people and Mr Raza's story has been featured in newspapers all over the world.

Now there are about 38 versions of the original video that add all kinds of effects to his stick twirling tricks or mock Mr Raza.

One site has started a petition to convince George Lucas to feature Ghyslain in the forthcoming Star Wars film.

The lawsuit says that Mr Raza has had to endure harassment and derision from his school mates and the general public because of the publicity that the clip received.

It also says that Mr Raza is undergoing psychiatric care to cope with the publicity and reaction.

Lawyers for Mr Raza are claiming compensation of 225,000 Canadian dollars (‚£100,000) from the four boys who allegedly stole the video and put it online.

The story about the lawsuit first appeared in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper."



/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif The kids a celebrity.... And I just started to find his videos




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XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 03:35 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3095385.stm


BBC News UK Edition:
Star Wars video prompts lawsuit


"Mr Raza was emulating the skills of Darth Maul
A Canadian teenager has launched legal action against classmates who put a video of him online, saying that the publicity has left him mentally scarred.
Ghyslain Raza became known as the "Star Wars Kid" after a video of him using a golf ball retriever to emulate the light sabre slinging tricks of Darth Maul was posted on the net.

The video was hugely popular and some people even added effects to make the golf ball retriever look and sound like a light sabre.

But the public exposure of the clip proved a burden for Mr Raza, who has been through psychiatric care to cope with his unwanted publicity.

Cash call

The 15-year-old made the two minute video as part of a class project but probably never intended it to be seen by anyone else as it is not a flattering portrayal of his sabre-twirling skills.

The lawsuit filed last week alleges that four classmates of Mr Raza stole the video from the cupboard in which it was being stored, digitized the clip, posted it online and then invited people to view it and make insulting remarks.

Since the original was posted on the Kazaa file-sharing system, it has been downloaded and passed around to millions of people and Mr Raza's story has been featured in newspapers all over the world.

Now there are about 38 versions of the original video that add all kinds of effects to his stick twirling tricks or mock Mr Raza.

One site has started a petition to convince George Lucas to feature Ghyslain in the forthcoming Star Wars film.

The lawsuit says that Mr Raza has had to endure harassment and derision from his school mates and the general public because of the publicity that the clip received.

It also says that Mr Raza is undergoing psychiatric care to cope with the publicity and reaction.

Lawyers for Mr Raza are claiming compensation of 225,000 Canadian dollars (‚£100,000) from the four boys who allegedly stole the video and put it online.

The story about the lawsuit first appeared in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper."



/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif The kids a celebrity.... And I just started to find his videos




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- Matt
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XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 03:48 AM
And an earlier article:

"Star Wars Kid" is suing
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
A video made at a high school in Trois Rivi√¬®res that's been getting a lot of attention is now the subject of a lawsuit.
Four students and their parents are being sued for allegedly mocking a 15-year-old boy who made a video of himself acting like a Star Wars character.
He uses a broomstick to imitate the combat style of Jedi knights.
The video was made for a school project and was left at school.
But the boy's parents claim four other youths put images from the tape on the Web along with messages attacking the boy's his reputation.
The boy is now known as the Star Wars Kid on several Web sites.
The $250,000 lawsuit says he had to change schools because of teasing from other students.
Some 12,000 people have signed an online petition to get the youth a bit part in the next Star Wars movie


"Brave Rifles!"

- Matt
"The spirit of the Cav is reason enough to fight!"

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XyZspineZyX
07-27-2003, 04:37 AM
Man thats gotta suck to be that kid.


But it's just so damn funny! /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


Poor kid.


But it's too funny!/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-04-2003, 10:08 PM
hhahaha i saw that video

feel sorry for the kid : (

funny as hell though

XyZspineZyX
08-04-2003, 10:30 PM
I just about wet my pants when I saw that video. That kid should make a line of videos and charge admission to his website.






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XyZspineZyX
08-04-2003, 10:31 PM
Lesson #1


NEVER do ANYTHING in front of a camera that you would not want to see on the 6:00 news.


Lesson #2


Friends WILL always stab you in the back for a good laugh.



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XyZspineZyX
08-04-2003, 11:02 PM
I bet if Lucas actually does offer him a cameo he'll be the happiest little saberist this side of the galaxy. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Should he even be ticked off about all the attention? I don't know... The type of notoriety he must have received by being the "Star Wars Kid" is certainly grounds for a lawsuit. But that's only applicable if he truly loathes being that celebrity... If he really loves being the Star Wars Kid (and who wouldn't? Personally I'd be using it as a pick up line... want to see my double-bladed light saber, baby? /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif ) then I'm sure that will come out during the trial and it will be dismissed. But I think anybody could relate to how much that would suck, having all that forced upon you. And if he has had to endure therapy due to constant taunting/teasing from school kids (as well as the random adults who must've recognized him over the past year) then surely he deserves some form of compensation.

I've seen the video, and yes, it's funny. But I find it funny because I can relate to the kid as a fan of the movies... I think most people who find this video funny are the same way. We're laughing at him, but deep down we're kind of laughing with him...

Everybody who has seen a Star Wars movie and enjoyed it has picked something to use as a mock-light saber and totally went to town at some point in their life.



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XyZspineZyX
08-04-2003, 11:17 PM
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XyZspineZyX
08-05-2003, 04:00 AM
yea I'd be tickled to see the SWK in starwars 3.
chillin wit jar jar for a sec b4 being ripped limb by limb(along with jarhead) by an angry anakin.
that would own.

ive seen the unedited, the edited, double edited.
could you imagine goin to school everyday and people walkin by like hello starwars kid. I had enough trouble forcing myself to go without public ridicule

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XyZspineZyX
08-05-2003, 04:17 AM
"I had enough trouble forcing myself to go without public ridicule "



WTF do you think we've been doing to you here then??



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XyZspineZyX
08-05-2003, 05:52 AM
The kid did not voluntary release the tape. A classmate stole it from school studio and released it on Kazaa. Weeks later some FX genius added saber effects and re-released it on Kazaa. Needless to say that in less than 2 weeks the kid video was seen by Nearly Billion of users worldwide.

Sums of it = a guy with mental health slowly decreasing with years with all these abuses /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif


Poor guy /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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XyZspineZyX
08-05-2003, 07:08 AM
On one hand, I feel sad for the kid. On the other hand, it's so funny to see him in the videos and stuff.



I think I'll amputate one of these hand.


Guess which one.

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XyZspineZyX
08-05-2003, 01:44 PM
- WTG do you think we've been doing to you here then??

I knew some one else wanted some.

- do you think

I care not what you think you CA nm

-we've been doing

WE........can u say underground club
if there is no little club, fine then just replace we with I, you dont have to attack me, just go eat a kwasont you CA..... dammit you ***

ha ha its trying to filter WTG

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