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Rickroll Video Removed Due to Copyright Claim from AVG

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 28 comments

The end of an era...Almost.

Rickrolling, the bait-and-switch meme that was started in early 2007, has long since gone out of fashion. While there are still Rickrollers among us, gone are the days where we suspect every link may lead us to that dashing redhead's biggest hit. Hammering a nail in the coffin of Rickrolling, it today emerged that the original Rickroll'd video was yesterday pulled from YouTube for an extended period of time.

It seems the original Rickroll clip, which had amassed ten of millions of views, was removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim made by AVG Technologies. That's right, the AVG that keeps your computer free of viruses, free of charge, apparently put a copyright claim in that resulted in YouTube making the video unavailable.

The video reappeared online after 24 hours, but there has yet to be any official statement from AVG or YouTube/Google on the matter. Perhaps it was all just one big misunderstanding or perhaps AVG was trying to play a practical joke on all the Rick Astley fans out there? We'll update if we find anything out.

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    bison88 , May 25, 2012 12:15 AM
    Scratch that, I thought it was Avast for some silly reason. For the love of god allow us to edit comments on the TomsGuide domain the same as TomsHardware so we can correct ourselves when we make a complete ass out of ourselves :facepalm:
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    bison88 , May 25, 2012 12:08 AM
    Or maybe AVG was just trying to prove how broken YouTube's copyright filters are. I'm trying to give AVG the benefit of the doubt here just out of courtesy of having a kickass Free AV.
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    blazorthon , May 25, 2012 12:51 AM
    Puff3rYour comment was still valid as AVG also has a good free anti-virus suite available.


    It's not as good as good as it used to be. It's one of the more bloated and less effective AV programs available now.
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    bison88 , May 25, 2012 12:08 AM
    Or maybe AVG was just trying to prove how broken YouTube's copyright filters are. I'm trying to give AVG the benefit of the doubt here just out of courtesy of having a kickass Free AV.
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    bison88 , May 25, 2012 12:15 AM
    Scratch that, I thought it was Avast for some silly reason. For the love of god allow us to edit comments on the TomsGuide domain the same as TomsHardware so we can correct ourselves when we make a complete ass out of ourselves :facepalm:
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    festerovic , May 25, 2012 12:18 AM
    Rickrolls are for those without the nerve to meatspin their victims!
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    Puff3r , May 25, 2012 12:18 AM
    bison88Scratch that, I thought it was Avast for some silly reason. For the love of god allow us to edit comments on the TomsGuide domain the same as TomsHardware so we can correct ourselves when we make a complete ass out of ourselves


    Your comment was still valid as AVG also has a good free anti-virus suite available.
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    livebriand , May 25, 2012 12:23 AM
    The copyright laws in this country are seriously screwed up if this could happen... (at least they took down something that no one cares about though)
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    blazorthon , May 25, 2012 12:51 AM
    Puff3rYour comment was still valid as AVG also has a good free anti-virus suite available.


    It's not as good as good as it used to be. It's one of the more bloated and less effective AV programs available now.
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    Marco925 , May 25, 2012 12:56 AM
    Probably some kid posing as AVG to get videos taken down, they did that with ABC(Australian broadcasting) shows like the Chaser.
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    vittau , May 25, 2012 1:14 AM
    It has happened before, false copyright claims (and I'm saying someone else did it, not AVG)... YouTube's standard policy in these cases seems to be to shoot first and ask questions later.
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    rsktek , May 25, 2012 1:40 AM
    It works for me! .... oh wait... I just got rick rolled... -_-
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    eddieroolz , May 25, 2012 2:25 AM
    I'm baffled why AVG would want it removed, but I agree, maybe its a practical demonstration on AVG's part.
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    JOSHSKORN , May 25, 2012 3:13 AM
    What's next? Frantic-tic-toc rolls? (Metallica)
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    kewlmunky , May 25, 2012 3:29 AM
    Woulda been cooler if they would have lied about it so that everyone checks and gets rick roll'ed.
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    therabiddeer , May 25, 2012 5:34 AM
    Somebody at AVG got mad when they were rickrolled.
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    SteelCity1981 , May 25, 2012 6:54 AM
    well now AVG just got some cool points from me. :) 

    Keep the free Anti-Virus software coming. thanks to AVG and other free good Anti-Virus software i haven't been tied down into paying for overbloated Anti-Virus software like Norton and McaFee in over a decade. now
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    The_Trutherizer , May 25, 2012 7:19 AM
    One would think Rick Astley has the copyright :/ 
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    Akizu , May 25, 2012 7:40 AM
    Maybe someone from AVG got Rickrolled and made a copyright claim to troll a bit...
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    doive1231 , May 25, 2012 8:06 AM
    Never gonna give it up.
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    Pherule , May 25, 2012 8:51 AM
    I can't believe how many people still think AVG is actually good. I've heard that the newest Norton is even better than AVG now.

    Mind you, WinRAR has retained a similar popularity when there is already a far better alternative (7zip, which is also free to boot)
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    virtualban , May 25, 2012 9:44 AM
    Maybe that very link should be removed, because people recognize the link when directly to youtube and not some url shortener. Can't rickroll somebody if they recognize the final part of the link and don't click. Need to use one of the other thousand copies of that song to rickroll people.
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