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YouTube Removes Original RickRoll Video

Today the Internet is mourning the loss of the "original" Rickrolling video. YouTube has removed the music video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" citing a terms of use violation. The clip had amassed 30 million views and, though the fad for linking to Rickroll videos has died down over the last year or so, it's disappointing to see the video that started it all has been removed.

Started by 4Chan members in 2007, Rick Astley has said before that he doesn't mind the meme. In an interview with the LA Times, Astley said he found it "bizarre and funny." Astley added that his main consideration was that his daughter doesn’t get embarrassed about it.

YouTube has yet to comment on the removal of the video but it'll be interesting to see what they do say. On April Fool's Day, YouTube arranged for all the featured videos on the homepage to link through to the video, Rickrolling thousands of people.