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Charlie Bit My Finger video to be sold as an NFT, deleted from YouTube

You could soon be the proud owner of an NFT that points at a viral video from 2007.

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The Davis-Carr family is cashing in on the NFT movement that has taken the internet by storm. The household is responsible for the viral video from the mid-2000s of Charlie biting Harry’s finger. With close to a billion views, the YouTube video will be taken down, and instead sold at auction.

News of the auction was announced via the Charlie Bit Me website. The site offers a brief overview of what the winner will receive. The winning bid will have the video in its new form as a 1/1 NFT and will also get to create “their own parody of the video featuring original stars, Harry and Charlie.”

The original YouTube video has since had its title and description updated. The new title indicates that the video will be removed from YouTube on May 23rd, with the description stating, “I have moved to engaging with Fans through NFT.  We helped YouTube grow and embraced it early.  We are now moving onto the next exciting thing.”

Because the video will be removed from the family’s YouTube channel, and because I don’t want a dead link in my article, you can watch someone else’s upload of the Charlie Bit My Finger below. As we know, nothing is truly ever deleted from the internet.

Don’t know what an NFT is or why digital collectibles are the new hip thing? Let Chris Jarrad explain to you what’s up with NFTs. Recently, artists have managed to make a whole lot of money selling digital artworks online. Even things that aren’t art, like the first tweet from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, can sell for close to $3 million USD.

If all that sounds like something you want to be a part of, you too could own a non-fungible token that says you own the Charlie Bit My Finger video by winning the auction when it kicks off on May 21, 2021. For more on the latest cultural phenomena, you’re already in the right place.

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    May 20, 2021 5:50 PM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Charlie Bit My Finger video to be sold as an NFT, deleted from YouTube

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      May 20, 2021 8:15 PM

      You buy this and then what? You hang a tablet up with it on repeat with a sign under saying you own it?! What am I missing????

      Wouldn't it be more fun driving around town throwing millions out the car window?!

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        May 21, 2021 5:25 AM

        I think you will get a % of revenue the video generates for life.
        I think that is the whole reason for these NFT, lets creators get paid for content instead of just stolen over the whole internet.
        I just am not sure how it works!

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          May 21, 2021 7:02 AM

          Someone can still upload it. All it really does as far as I can tell is making selling and buying these things more straight forward.

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          May 21, 2021 8:01 AM

          Oh no, not at all. You don't own the artwork or have any rights to it. You just own the NFT of the artwork.

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              May 21, 2021 9:26 AM

              Amazing analogy, although in this particular case the person did own the Mona Lisa? As in the family making the video did make/own the video they're taking down and turning into an NFT.

              Assuming I follow it at all correctly, which I likely don't

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                May 21, 2021 10:00 AM

                Yeah the only difference here is the person who made the content is selling the NFT, but that's only because they're alive and it isn't hundreds of years since their death.

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                  May 21, 2021 11:04 AM

                  i mean the analogy is exactly the same as buying random art itself. Why buy the original art worth millions when you can buy a print of it for 15 bucks or download a .png of it. Why are banksy pieces worth millions. It's cause there's people willing to buy it.

                  This entire crypto NFT thing just further exposes how much money rich people have to spend on everything.

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                    May 21, 2021 11:50 AM

                    There was a story a while back about how Andy Warhol did some work on a Commodore Amiga. Like, it was some sort of deal where Commodore was trying to get him to do something so they could promote themselves as being the computer Warhol used (graphics being a cutting edge idea at the time).

                    A few years back someone found the Amiga and the disks and got the work he did off of it (a touched up photo of Debroah Harry) and, amongst other things, put it on the Internet since it's like a JPEG or BMP or whatever.

                    https://thenewstack.io/time-andy-warhol-demod-amiga/

                    Lots of thinkpieces were done on how real life Warhol works are rare and scarce but here's one Warhol work that literally anyone can have a byte-for-byte copy on their computer.

                    I guess today Warhol would do an NFT but really today Warhol still wouldn't do digital art.

                    Whole thing is weird.

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