AVG tries (and fails) to kill the original Rickroll

In yet another case of AVG saving the world, the company has had the original Rickroll video removed from YouTube, as reported by TorrentFreak. Why AVG would have any desire to go on an anti-Rickroll crusade remains up in the air.

Although you might think that a 5 year old video would be relatively safe, this isn't the first time it's gotten the boot from YouTube: back in 2010 YouTube itself 'mistakenly' removed the video, but correct their 'mistake' shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, while we patiently await the return of our beloved Rickroll (or just a statement from YouTube or AVG), we'll have to make do with an officially licensed version of Rick Astley's 1987 hit, 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' which, coincidentally, no one would be listening to if it wasn't for the original Rickroll'd video.

Update 5/23/2012 2:00 PM: Without explanation, the video is back on YouTube after 24 hours of downtime. Your guess is as good as ours. And just so you believe us, here's a screenshot from earlier, courtesy of TorrentFreak:

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In the meantime, while we patiently await the return of our beloved Rickroll (or just a statement from YouTube or AVG), we'll have to make do with an officially licensed version of Rick Astley's 1987 hit, 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' which, coincidentally, no one would be listening to if it wasn't for the original Rickroll'd video.

Now I object to that! I can't be the only one here that thinks it's genuinely a great song. Then again, I could be the only one here that's actually bought it on Rock Band...

It does show the Pointlessness of the DMCA and other similar laws, in that a company which obviously can have nothing to do with the original content can request and successfully take it down, even for a short period.

I get a lot of false copyright claims on some of my videos, a lot of them falsely flagged by Youtube's automated systems and I only ever upload gaming videos (nothing copyright protected). Since Google took over it's been a case of caving to copyright claims without questioning them which is frankly irritating.

PalletTown said,
Way to go AVG, your trying to kill off a meme which stopped being funny and widely used at least two years ago.

Me and my friends still have fun with it. What are you talking about?

Dot Matrix said,

Me and my friends still have fun with it. What are you talking about?


I haven't seen it being used in over a year, well that's not counting the occasional pre-teen that posts it thinking they have just made the greatest discovery known to man. Not trying to compare you to them though, just my experience while browsing the interwebs

Ambroos said,
Old news, it's back already. That happens if your news is already almost 24 hours old before it gets posted

No one ever said that Neowin ever posted news in a timely manner. As the saying goes...where unprofessional journalism looks better.

Ambroos said,
Old news, it's back already. That happens if your news is already almost 24 hours old before it gets posted

Well, thanks for letting us know, at least. What luck: it comes back about 3 minutes after we post the story

Dot Matrix said,
Dafuq? How can they claim copyright on this?

AVG decided to troll youtube... with a rick roll video... oh the irony, it actually hurts.

Dot Matrix said,
Dafuq? How can they claim copyright on this?

Isn't filling a bogus DMCA claim considered perjury? To deter false claims through fines and whatnot...