One of original viral videos to be removed from YouTube after sale as NFT
One of the very first videos to go viral online will soon be taken off the internet after the family who originally posted it sold it as an NFT for over $760,000, CBS reports.
The video titled “Charlie bit my finger!” was first posted in 2007 and showed Charlie Davies-Carr as an infant bite his brother Harry Davies-Carr’s finger. Since being posted, it garnered over 880 million views.
“Ow, Charlie! Ow! Charlie! That really hurt!” Harry famously says in the video while giggling at his brother.
CBS reports that the Davies-Carr family put the clip up for auction as an NFT. The top bidder went by the username “3fmusic” and bought the clip for $760,999.
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An NFT, or nonfungible token, is a unit of digital data that can be used to store any form of digital media. Owning an NFT of a piece of media means the data is unique and cannot be interchanged for another, essentially giving ownership over digital media such as music, videos and even gifs.
The Davies-Carr family said they hope the sale will help Harry and Charlie, now aged 17 and 15.
“It means that Harry goes to university and has a nice place to stay and doesn’t have to have a bar job,” Howard Davies-Carr told CBS News. “Education takes priority.”
Prior to the sale, the Davies-Carr family had already reportedly made a significant amount of money simply from the advertising revenue generated by the video. ABC News reported in 2012 that the family had earned around half a million dollars from the video, five years after posting, with the funds going directly to the childrens’ education and future college plans.