February 28, 2007
"Academy threatens YouTube Site removes unauthorized Oscar clips
By SCOTT KIRSNER
Web surfers will no longer be reliving the magic moments of the 2007 Oscarcast via YouTube. The vid-viewing site complied with a Tuesday request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to remove all unauthorized clips of the kudocast.
Several segments of the show, including host Ellen DeGeneres' opening monologue and musical numbers featuring Will Ferrell and Beyonce, had been among YouTube's most-viewed content this week.
Ferrell's musical lament about how comedies never win Oscars, sung with Jack Black and John C. Reilly, had racked up more than 250,000 views on YouTube before it was replaced with the message 'This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.'
Ric Robertson, exec administrator for the Academy, said the organization had its content pulled 'to help manage the value of our telecast and our brand.'"
Online addict dies after "marathon" session Tech&Sci Internet Reuters.com:
"BEIJING (Reuters) - An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a 'marathon' online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday.
The 150-kg (330-lb) man from Jinzhou, in Liaoning province, collapsed on Saturday, the last day of the holiday, after spending 'almost all' of the seven-day break playing online games, the China Daily said, citing his parents.
Xu Yan, a local teacher, said the 'dull life' during the holiday prompted many people to turn to computer games for entertainment.
'There are only two options. TV or computer. What else can I do in the holiday as all markets, KTV and cafeterias are shut down?' the paper quoted Xu as saying.
View SlideshowChina has seen an alarming rise in the number of teenage and young adult Internet addicts in recent years, despite attempts to restrict minors from cybercafes and limit online game playing times.
About 2.6 million -- or 13 percent -- of China's 20 million Internet users under 18 are classed as addicts, state media have reported."