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People Are Reuploading Charlie Bit My Finger In Protest After Original Sold As NFT

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People Are Reuploading Charlie Bit My Finger In Protest After Original Sold As NFT

People have been reuploading the Charlie Bit My Finger video after its creators sold it for more than $750,000 and say they will remove it from YouTube.

The Davis-Carr family auctioned off the legendary clip as an NFT (non-fungible token) and pulled in a whopping $760,999 (£538,000).

The auction came to a close last night, with the family saying they would delete the video from YouTube once bidding ended - although for the time being it's still up on the site as an unlisted video.

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Meanwhile, copies of the video have already been uploaded with some users saying they decided to reupload it as a form of protest at NFTs.

One YouTuber who reuploaded the clip wrote: "NFTs are bad and are harmful to the environment, and I am uploading this in the hopes of the buyer getting less money, and you should too. Stop NFTs."

Someone else who shared the clip wrote: "Since it's getting removed Sunday because it's being sold as a NFT here's a reupload."

A third person captioned the clip: "Charlie Bit My Finger will soon be removed from YouTube and sold as an NFT, this is just to archive it when it gets deleted."

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The original video, which featured a one-year-old Charlie chomping down on three-year-old brother Harry's finger, has been viewed more than 800 millions times and was one of the first viral videos.

Credit: YouTube
Credit: YouTube

In a statement about their decision to sell the clip as an NFT, the family said: "Seen by over 880 million people, Charlie Bit My Finger is the most-viewed viral video of all time.

"The beloved clip has become a household name and holds a special place in the hearts of many.

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"Now, the iconic video will be removed from YouTube and one person will have the opportunity to own it in its new form as a 1/1 NFT, memorializing them in internet history forever.

"The NFT winner will also get the opportunity to create their own parody of the video featuring the original stars, Harry and Charlie."

Speaking about the popularity of the video back in 2009, mum Shelley told The Times: "Susan Boyle has never had the hits we have had.

"The video got on to a college networking site in the US and from there it went viral. I think the British accents have helped make it so globally viewed."

Featured Image Credit: YouTube

Topics: Viral, YouTube

Claire Reid
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