YouTube Gives Up Rick Astley, Lets Him Down

From Billboard:

YouTube has restricted access to a seven-year-old video upload that spawned the still-popular RickRoll meme, in which people trick others into watching Astley shimmy in his cheesy “Never Gonna Give You Up” clip.

Simply titled “RickRoll’D,” the video was uploaded by YouTube user cotter548 and has amassed nearly 71 million views. It has been blocked by YouTube in several countries, including the United States.

The video-sharing giant did not immediately respond to request for comment on the takedown, which happened once before, albeit briefly, in 2012. Astley has not commented on YouTube’s actions, though since he did not write the hit song, he likely would not have played a role in its removal. RCA released the track, co-written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman.