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Scarab Sages

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Tacticslion wrote:
That... needs to change.

Agreed.


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Alanis Morissette wrote:

Despite the popularity of Rickrolling and "Never Gonna Give You Up" garnering millions of hits on YouTube, Rick Astley has earned almost no money from the meme, receiving only ~$12* (U.S.) in royalties from YouTube for his performance share*. Songwriter Pete Waterman has only received ~$17* (U.S.) in YouTube royalties for it.

* As of August 2010

Rick Astley update, courtesy of Skeptic Stack Exchange (2012):

"[I]t wasn't until 2011 that YouTube settled the 2007 lawsuit to allow artists and publishers to enter into a licensing agreement with YouTube. This was after the "$12" quote was provided above. ...

[A]n artist/publisher has the following three options: keep the song there, take it down or make money off of it. If the third option is chosen the song appears with the artist information and typically a link to iTunes. ...

[I]f you look at the main RickRoll video from Youtube, the one with 64 million views, it isn't marked with artist information. However, the VEVO one does and so does another one that was added later.

So they have chosen not to make money from the original video. Thus the $12 is realistic, maybe the $12 wasn't even made from that version of the video. Considering the VEVO video now has over 50 million views and there are other videos marked as copyright, someone is making money from them. However, how much Rick gets directly from this is not currently public information."

Rick Astley weighs in:

"I think it’s just one of those odd things where something gets picked up and people run with it ... but that’s what's brilliant about the Internet. Listen, I just think it’s bizarre and funny. My main consideration is that my daughter doesn’t get embarrassed about it."

Scarab Sages

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David M Mallon wrote:


f you look at the main RickRoll video from Youtube, the one with 64 million views, it isn't marked with artist information. However, the VEVO one does and so does another one that was added later.

So they have chosen not to make money from the original video. Thus the $12 is realistic, maybe the $12 wasn't even made from that version of the video. Considering the VEVO video now has over 50 million views and there are other videos marked as copyright, someone is making money from them. However, how much Rick gets directly from this is not currently public information."

I'd thought about that, actually - it is an entirely different story if NOBODY'S really making money off it.


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Independent conservative political commentator Bill O'Reilly and liberal political commentator & comedian Jon Stewart are good friends in real life.


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The role of villain Simon Phoenix in the 1993 sci-fi action comedy film Demolition Man was originally slated to go to Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, but ended up going to Wesley Snipes after Chan declined. Also, actress Lori Petty was originally cast in the role of Lenina Huxley, but was replaced with Sandra Bullock after less than a week of filming.


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Canadian actor Rick Moranis (Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors) was an elementary school classmate of Rush bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Geddy Lee.

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