Never Gonna Pay You Anything

Pete Waterman wrote the song Never Gonna Give You Up, which is the focal point of the massively popular Rickrolling prank. But he's now complaining that, despite the millions of times that video has been viewed online, he's earned only £11 from Google for all those views. He earns more from his local radio station playing the song than he does from YouTube. Welcome to the internet economy, Mr. Waterman! [Telegraph]

Music Pranks

Posted on Tue Apr 14, 2009


He does realize that they use it because they consider it campy and awful, and the people they prank with it just sigh and click away? I'd just keep my mouth shut if I were him. If he's lucky it might inspire a few people to get all nostalgic and go buy an album, though not likely.
Posted by Kristen55  on  Tue Apr 14, 2009  at  09:40 PM
"The Rickrolling phenomenon involved internet users sending each other web links that appeared to be relevant to something they were discussing, but were in fact disguised links to the Astley song on YouTube."

Is that it? Wow, that's fairly lame. I feel so ripped off...

(Disclaimer: Tasmania is not the same as the rest of the world, although we do have that internety thingy)
Posted by Joel B1  on  Tue Apr 14, 2009  at  11:48 PM

In fact there were over half a dozen covers and remixes released in 2008 (including one by Barry Manilow!). I'm sure that this was entirely unrelated to the Rickrolling phenomenon... just as I'm sure Waterman never got his cut from every one of those recordings.
Posted by outeast  on  Wed Apr 15, 2009  at  05:56 AM
I think I saw on South Park that there's a place you can go to pick up your money for that.
Posted by Crazy Ivan  on  Wed Apr 15, 2009  at  11:55 AM
Okay, here's how it works:

MTV (USA) hasn't paid royalties on the videos they've played for over 20 years. The outcome of the legal decision in the mid-eighties said that music videos, unlike radio broadcasts, are not "performances of the song" but "advertisements for the record." What this means is a complete reversal of anti-payola laws. In this system, the artist and labels can (and should) PAY for the privilege of having their video aired.

The new legal question will be "do we apply the radio model or the video model to performances on the internet?" My guess is that videos will carry on as a free-for-all while the RIAA continues to pursue illegal MP3 users.

The laws are different in Europe, but Google/YouTube is located in the USA. I doubt he'll get much more than complaining done.
Posted by fuzzfoot  on  Mon Apr 20, 2009  at  08:39 PM
Hmmm . . . Reminds me of the InfoSphere in Peter F. Hamilton's novel "Misspent Youth" set in a future England; An Ultra-internet, its key feature is that it actively absorbs and publishes information as soon as it is inscribed on a medium involving digital technology. The upside is that every book ever scanned or even being written via wordprocesser, every movie or item of information broadcast and received by a digital device and every electronic transmission is somewhere on the InfoSphere. Teenagers are more aware of movies form the 1930s than their parents and grandparents, more well read than most literature student sof today, and can call on over two centuries of misic and find the most eclectic mixes for their upgraded iPods.

The downside is that after two years of its operation, no new movies have been produced except amatuer and indie productions, as Movie production houses act only as libraries and suppliers of 'put-yourself-in-the-old-film' software apps, television has become entirely news and weather or reality shows, pharmaceuticals are free ( since they cannot be copyrighted after publication in journals ) but you have to rent the desktop synthesisers that download the instructions to make it from the ingredients you also purchase, and writers no longer write - When one of the characters is introduced to a famed author and comments how much he enjoyed his novels, the author asks for
Posted by D F Stuckey  on  Tue Apr 21, 2009  at  06:02 PM
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