Sure, there are lots of viral YouTube videos. There’s Katy Perry’s left shark, the owls dance off and of course the kitten sup-purr bowl, but it might surprise you to learn that YouTube removed a video for being too popular.
That’s right, YouTube removed a music video of “Luv Ya Luv Ya Luv Ya” (“Luv Ya3”) by the alternative rock group Rasta Rock Opera, claiming it had become too popular through nefarious means. A search for the video now results in the YouTube equivalent of Microsoft’s blue screen of death.
YouTube alleged that Rasta Rock Opera’s distributor, Song Fi, gamed the music video’s “view count” by using robots or spiders (sounds like a David Bowie song) to ring up more views more quickly than was humanly possible.
Of course, N.G.B. and the other Plaintiffs may have already won, as they stand to gain as much or more notoriety by suing YouTube/Google and having bloggers blog about it, as they do by posting music videos featuring six year olds.