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Superchunk’s “Crossed Wires” video ripped off, goes viral

on December 04, 2012, 9:30pm

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Last April, indie rockers Superchunk premiered the video for “Crossed Wires”, which documented the hilarious, slightly disturbing daily routine of a house cat by equipping it with a camera. Now, over 18 months later, the clip has reached viral status worthy of a spot on Cheezburger (via AV Club). Who needs a Grammy now?!

Only problem is, it’s not their video that distracts and entertains people in cubicles: a Russian YouTube user replaced the audio with Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up”, gaining crucial Internet notoriety and some half a million views on the backs of director Whitey McConnaughy and the band without one iota of credit. While it probably doesn’t hurt the band, and it’s more of a nod to the original music video for Prodigy’s song, it’s something worth thinking about whenever you decide to harmlessly waste a few minutes enjoying a meme. Watch both efforts below.

Who knows, your footage of two monkeys hugging at the zoo might be the next victim of…INTERNET THIEVERY!

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