Saying they were tired of YouTubers "ripping us off," British comedy troupe Monty Python have struck back, launching their own channel on the video-sharing site.

"For three years you YouTubers have been ripping us off, taking tens of thousands of our videos and putting them on YouTube," the surviving Monty Python members said in a message and video at

"Now the tables are turned. It's time for us to take matters into our own hands," they said. "We know who you are, we know where you live and we could come after you in ways too horrible to tell.

"But being the extraordinarily nice chaps we are, we've figured a better way to get our own back: We've launched our own Monty Python channel on YouTube," they said.

The comedians said the clips from their popular television show and movies would be high-quality and free.

"But we want something in return," they said. "None of your driveling, mindless comments. Instead, we want you to click on the links, buy our movies and TV shows and soften our pain and disgust at being ripped off all these years."