by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 12:16pm
Apparently, like clockwork, the original RickRoll video on YouTube has to disappear from the site every two years. In 2010, we wrote about the video being taken down from YouTube due to a "terms of service violation" that was never explained. In 2012, the video was once again taken down, this time due to a copyright claim from "AVG Technologies." Both times the takedown didn't last too long, but it did happen. Here we are two years later, and guess what? The video is currently blocked in the US and other countries for no clear reason:
I'm assuming that someone will notice the attention this is getting and flip a switch to turn it back on, but it once again highlights the unfortunately transient nature of today's cultural milestones. This is a problem when we build a world of digital silos where third parties get to have control over what you can and cannot access. The ability to just wipe away a piece of culture that people always expect to be there is rather troubling.
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