The Interwebs came together in a collective gasp on Wednesday as it was discovered that YouTube removed the original "Rickroll" video that has clocked up 30 million views to date.
For those not familiar with the term "Rickroll" or "Rickrolling", it's a famous Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The phenomenon began at Internet image board 4chan and soon spread more widely. Internet users typically send the URL of the video to another user and the practice results in the person being "Rickrolled".
Did I ever mention how happy I was that we never did that here? Well....I was. Still, seems like another dumb-ass "protecting my copyright until it's worthless - which, ironically, happens a lot quicker when I pull boneheaded moves like this" action from a copyright holder who never figured out how to actually derive income from their valuable copyright. (Not that we're ones to talk about monetizing ANYTHING...)
Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you... YouTube's already confirmed that they made a mistake and put it back up.
I hate Rickrolls too, but the idea of YT doing it to the rest of the interwebs is unspeakably hilarious for reasons I just can't put into words.
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
Glad to see it was a mistake. At first it reminded me of the MST3K situation: when they tried to make it available on VHS or DVD, they discovered that the cost for the rights to those movies had gone way up, precisely because they had appeared in the MST3K episode.
On a related note, it's really a shame the way the DMCA has screwed things up. All anyone has to do is claim they own the copyright and the video will go away. Presumably if it turns out they don't own the copyright, you can get it turned back on, but that's a long difficult process that is usually not worth the time.