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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.

  • logitic
    So I guess, " Never gonna give you up", finally gave up.. hehehehe
  • triplanetary
    You turned around and hurt me, YouTube. ;_;
  • zanraptora
    Hmm... It was good while it lasted, but I guess they need this for rolling out of the "Nickel Rick Roll" service, brought to you by your favorite record company!
  • The Italian goverment threatened to sue execs for breaking the "we're stupid" policy.
  • Raishi
    Rick Astley has a great sense of humor about it; he doesn't just "not mind" it, he helped Cartoon Network Rickroll the entire nation, live, at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. I'm not a fan of 4chan memes, but that was a truly epic moment.
  • 4745454b
    It seems odd that they used it themselves if they claim copy right violation. There must be something else at work here.
  • Nakal
    They probably got Cease and Desist letters from some fricken RIAA Lawyer...
  • grieve
    I had some good times @ work rick rolling people. The first time they get hit they just have no idea why you are laughing at them. The second time you rickroll someone there like ...ya ya ha ha...the third time it starts getting goofy and much more difficult and this is where the fun begins. We got so bad in our IS department that no one would open a link without checking it first, but of course there are ways to spoof that too, which really added to the fun!

    Good times, RickRoll will be missed, Rick Astley won't be. lol
  • JohnnyLucky
    The whole thing sounds kind of weird.
  • climber
    The next craze will be, "Walk the Dinosaur"... lol