Rickroll Meme destroyed by Copyright Complaints (Not a Rickroll)
The Rickroll phenomenon, whereby people are promised one thing but given “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley instead, has been ended by a copyright takedown request by AVG Technologies.
Rickrolling is the practice of promising victims one link but directing them instead to Rick Astley’s 1987 music video, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” instead. It’s a bait-and-switch that has been embraced by everyone from the New York Mets to the White House.
However, the collective joke ground to a halt when AVG Technologies took the original video down from YouTube with a copyright complaint, TorrentFreak reported.
“Taking down a five-year-old video with tens of millions of views is strange enough, but it is far from clear why AVG Technologies—the people behind AVG Anti-Virus—would want to do so at all,” enigmax wrote.
For its own part, YouTube has shown tacit approval of the music video in the past. On April Fools’ Day in 2008, it rickrolled viewers by redirecting every video on the front page to Astley’s video. However, the network isrequired to comply with copyright complaints.
Still, it’s hard to imagine how an ’80s music video would infringe on an anti-virus software...
Maybe this is the biggest Anti-Rickroll Rickroll of all time?