Another Bogus Copyright Claim Silences Millions Of Rickrolls (Briefly)
from the some-might-find-that-a-good-thing dept
Two years ago, we wrote about how YouTube took down the original “Rickroll” video of Rick Astley singing “Never Gonna Give You Up” — perhaps the most well known internet meme ever. It seems that that video was taken down yet again, this time due to a “copyright claim from AVG Technologies.”
TorrentFreak claims that this AVG is the same as the maker of the popular anti-virus software, who almost certainly has no legitimate copyright claim to the video. And while there are other options out there, as well, it once again raises some questions about bogus takedowns, and the “silence first, ask questions later” process that is almost mandatory under the DMCA. Sure, the world isn’t suffering much from a bogus Rickroll takedown (and some may argue they benefit), but just the fact that random third parties seem to be able to take down super popular videos raises serious questions about why we’ve set things up to work this way.